Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

chateau ducru beaucaillou wine

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is right at the top of the Saint-Julien ladder, and it is known as a 'Super Second' – a left bank second growth Bordeaux producing wines equal or superior to the illustrious first growths. 

Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful stones (beau cailloux) found in its unique wine-growing soils and was once part of Château Beychevelle in the 17th century, the land being parcelled off and acquired by Jean-Baptiste Braneyre in 1680. The estate was once actually called 'Maucaillou' (lit. bad pebbles), but its name was changed to give it a more positive slant.

The late Jean-Eugène Borie, one of Bordeaux's real gentlemen, rescued what was a château in trouble back in 1961 and the estate, which commands sweeping panoramic views over the Gironde, rose to stardom in the latter part of last century, with a succession of scintillating vintages. Today, Ducru-Beaucaillou's 75 hectares of vines are managed by his son, the affable and welcoming Bruno-Eugene Borie. Ducru-Beaucaillou is the estate's first wine, La Croix de Beaucaillou the second wine.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

chateau ducru beaucaillou wine

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is right at the top of the Saint-Julien ladder, and it is known as a 'Super Second' – a left bank second growth Bordeaux producing wines equal or superior to the illustrious first growths. 

Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful stones (beau cailloux) found in its unique wine-growing soils and was once part of Château Beychevelle in the 17th century, the land being parcelled off and acquired by Jean-Baptiste Braneyre in 1680. The estate was once actually called 'Maucaillou' (lit. bad pebbles), but its name was changed to give it a more positive slant.

The late Jean-Eugène Borie, one of Bordeaux's real gentlemen, rescued what was a château in trouble back in 1961 and the estate, which commands sweeping panoramic views over the Gironde, rose to stardom in the latter part of last century, with a succession of scintillating vintages. Today, Ducru-Beaucaillou's 75 hectares of vines are managed by his son, the affable and welcoming Bruno-Eugene Borie. Ducru-Beaucaillou is the estate's first wine, La Croix de Beaucaillou the second wine.

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  1. 103043 - La Croix de Beaucaillou 2000 TN

    Croix de Beaucaillou, 2000

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2020
    Reviewer Rating: 89 - Robert Parker

    “Ducru's high quality La Croix de Beaucaillou generally contains more Merlot than the grand vin...Readers should seek this one out.” Robert Parker

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  2. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2011

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2011

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - Wine Spectator

    “This rich, medium to full-bodied St.-Julien is among the most concentrated wines of the Medoc. Moderate tannin is sweet and well-integrated..." Robert Parker

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  3. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1999

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1999

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2022
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - Wine Spectator

    "I love the aromas of chocolate, walnut, dark berries and flowers. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Really silky." WineSpectator

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  4. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2008

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2008

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2016-2035
    Reviewer Rating: - eRobertParker.com

    “One of the stars of the vintage, and a remarkable achievement in 2008...a full-bodied, concentrated wine that transcends the vintage character in its power, richness..." eRobertParker.com

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  5. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1996

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1996

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 96 - eRobertParker.com

    “Another great showing from one of the estate’s finest wines of the 1990s. It just builds and builds in the mouth to a very refined finish that can only leave a smile on your face. Delectable.” eRobertParker.com 

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  6. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2009

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2009

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2070
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    “Full-bodied and intense with Ducru’s inimitable elegance and purity...Magnificent! Bruno Borie has done a remarkable job at Ducru Beaucaillou." Robert Parker

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