Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1996

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1996

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12


Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 30% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Bruno Borie Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Code: 100212 Alcohol: 13%
Estate Notes

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou's 1996 was one of the stars of the excellent 1996 Bordeaux vintage. It is drinking well now, though you will be rewarded for further patience in the cellar.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is right at the top of the ladder in Saint-Julien, and it is known as a 'Super Second' – a second growth producing wines equal or superior to the illustrious first growths. Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful stones (beaux cailloux) found in its unique wine-growing soils, and the château is managed by the affable and welcoming Bruno-Eugene Borie, whose family has owned Ducru-Beaucaillou for 60 years. 

Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purposes only (not actual bottle for sale).


“Another great showing from one of the estate’s finest wines of the 1990s. In fact, I think the 1996 will surpass the 1995. It has consistent aromas with the bottle last year: blackberry, smoke, tobacco with that tincture of sandalwood, whilst the palate has a svelte texture that belies the firm tannins engendered by the ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. It just builds and builds in the mouth to a very refined finish that can only leave a smile on your face. Delectable.”