Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2011

Saint-Julien, France

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2011

Saint-Julien, France

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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 10% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Bruno Borie Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040 Reviewer Rating: 94 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 102840 Alcohol: 13%
Estate Notes

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2011 was purchased in its original wooden cases, which are also available.

It was a tricky growing season across the region with early heat and drought, then heavy rains resulting in some uneven ripening, rot and consequently low yields. Generally, wines lacked alcohol and were high in tannins, but as ever, those producers with the skills, extra desire and/or financial resources made some good wines. Careful fruit handling in the cellar was also crucial due to the high concentration and tannin – so as not to extract too much of either – and those of good practice made wines of freshness and elegance with cellar potential. 2011 will be defined as a mixed ‘winemaker’s’ vintage.

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 the estate for 60 years.

Reviews

“The 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou (which normally represents 1/3 to ½ of the entire crop) possesses a dense ruby/purple color along with a beautiful nose of sweet creme de cassis, crushed rock and spring flower aromas. This rich, medium to full-bodied St.-Julien is among the most concentrated wines of the Medoc. Moderate tannin is sweet and well-integrated. This beauty will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and keep for two decades." Robert Parker

“This is rather well-endowed for the vintage, with thickly layered ganache, currant paste, fig sauce and blackberry confiture notes still grappling with one another, while briary grip and dark spice fill out the toast-fueled finish. Very long, showing a level of power that belies the vintage." Wine Spectator