Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2nd Growth Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, 2016
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Single bottle of Red wine Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2nd Growth Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, 2016 85% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Merlot

Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou
2nd Growth Grand Cru Classe
Saint Julien

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The producer

Ducru-Beaucaillou – 2nd Growth in Saint-Julien – has been owned by the Borie family for three generations. A consistent performer for many decades, the 21st century has seen even greater effort and consistency in offering the finest wines which these vineyards can produce.

Situated in the south-east of the Saint-Julien appellation, the main part of the estate is located close to the Gironde River, thus taking advantage of its moderating effects on the vines. The immense care taken in the vineyards, along with very selective picking at harvest, sorting and separate vinification of the various plots, results in an extremely polished and superb version of Saint Julien.

One of the oldest estates in Bordeaux, Ducru-Beaucaillou’s history dates back to the start of the 13th century. Bertrand Ducru purchased the estate in 1795 and added his name to the estate. The Borie family started the modern era at the estate in the early 20th century. With roughly 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot, Ducru-Beaucaillou offers early charm and grace but can age and improve for decades.

The wine

Grapes for the Grand Vin is sourced from vineyards immediately surrounding the chateau in the southeast of Saint-Julien. The blend varies with vintage conditions but can comprise anywhere from 80% and up to 98% Cabernet Sauvignon with 2% Merlot. Fermentation takes place in a mix of stainless steel, concrete, and wooden vats, and is followed by 18 months of ageing in 100% new French oak barrels.

Ducru-Beaucaillou offers early charm and grace but can age and improve for decades, one of the most polished wines in the appellation, it has delicate aromatics, yet layers of concentrated black fruit and complexity, with a very firm structure of silky tannins and beautiful freshness.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2016
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub region: Saint-Julien
Grape: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Merlot
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 13.5%
Drinking window: 2020 - 2070
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

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