Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2015
95-96 Pts JS, 94-96 Pts WA
12×75 – £1,255 EP
6×75 – £627.50 EP
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2015 En Primeur Expected Spring 2018
Following Mouton Rothschild’s release this morning, the final St.Julien estate, Ducru Beaucaillou has priced their 2015 at £1,255 per case of 12 or £627.50. This reflects an ambitious 56% increase on 2014. Ducru Beaucaillou is a truly great wine and one of the leading Second Growths renowned for perennially offering complex aromas of cedar, black truffle, tobacco, cassis and spices. In 2015, it has been awarded the same score as in 2014, 94-96 points by Neal Martin, who says it is a continuation of ‘a purple patch for this grand estate.’ James Suckling awards it 95-96 points, a wine with ‘Super balance and depth.’
The price today straddles that of the 2014 and the current trading prices of the 2009 and 2010, however, with a lower score than the latter vintages, it might meet with some resistance. That said, we thought the 2015 was one of the best wines of the vintage, a notch up from Martin’s score. For Ducru Beacauillou lovers this is a vintage to own, a stunning wine that will be considered among their greatest ever.
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Ducru Beaucaillou has now been in the Borie family for three generations, Francis the wise businessman who bought the Estate began to turn around its fortunes, the reputation for quality was re-established. On his death in 1953 his son Jean Eugéne took command and introduced château bottling, invested in a new cellar, increased the density of planting and in 1995 introduced a second label, Le Croix de Beaucaillou. Jean Eugéne also travelled the world promoting Ducru and soon became known as more than Ducru’s representative, but an ambassador for all of Bordeaux around the world.
Jean Eugéne’s son Bruno took over managing Ducru in 2003 and he has brought the wines of Ducru to another level. From the 2003 vintage onwards only the vineyards adjacent the chateau, looking over the estuary would be used in Ducru Beaucaillou, production therefore dropped from 20,000 to 10,000 cases per year. This policy has brought great results; Ducru competes with Las Cases for the title of the finest Super Second of St Julien. The difference in the wines that Bruno is making today is that as well as the poise, elegance and the beauty of classic Ducru the wine now possess the power only found in the past in the finest vintages such as 1982.
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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2015
James Suckling, 95-96 Points
A dense and compressed red with loads of blackberry and blueberry character. Fresh wet vineyard soil. Some mushroom too. Full and very tannic yet polished and very refined. Super balance and depth.
Neal Martin, 94-96 Points
The 2015 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, picked from around 28 September to 6 October. Matured in 100% new oak for what will be 18 months, delivering 13.5% alcohol, it has a relatively opulent bouquet for Saint Julien, with ripe black plum mixed with blackberry and cranberry, very well defined and neatly interwoven with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly savory opening, gently but insistently gripping the mouth. It feels dense and structured with a subtle marine-like note towards the linear, black olive-tinged finish. Bruno Borie has a 2015 with backbone, with longevity in mind. I suspect this will require a decade for the tannins to soften and continue the purple patch for this grand estate.
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