Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St. Julien

Ducru Beaucaillou takes its name from the stones that lie in the vineyards as Beaucaillou translates to beautiful pebble. The estate is one of the oldest in the Medoc, with records dating back to the 13th century.

The Borie family has been at the helm of the estate since 1940, consistently looking to improve. It is now managed by Bruno-Eugène Borie, the youngest son of Borie family and third generation of Borie, who has a hands-on involvement in making the wine. 

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is a world-renowned Chateau, and is ranked Second Growth in The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. They even received the wine of the vintage from Wine Spectator for their 1995 vintage.

Most Common Varietal Blend of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

  • 90% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 10% Merlot

Like the best classified growths that stretch along the estuary, starting from Margaux in the south, up to St Estèphe in the north, this property is perched on a magnificent emplacement of the Médoc with an unimpeded view over the Gironde estuary.

The terroir of Saint Julien AOC (800 hectares) is characterized by gravel from the Garonne dating back to the first period (Günz) of the Quaternary era; this layer gradually thins out from east to west, dwindling to fine white gravel and eolian sands at the westernmost end of the appellation.

Ducru-Beaucaillou vineyard stretches out along the eastern side of this vast communal terroir, hugging the river in the area where the quaternary gravels are the deepest. Gravel soil presents many advantages: it drains well, reflects the sun onto the grapes in closely planted vineyards, stores the heat of the day and releases it at night, forms a barrier which prevents the soil from drying out during hot summers… It is because of its soil that Ducru-Beaucaillou is often considered the archetypal Saint-Julien.

The 75 hectares of the Château Ducru-Beaucaillou vineyard are planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. The average age of the vines is 35 years.
Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the only Châteaux of the Bordeaux region to be built over its cellars and one of the rare classified growths inhabited by its owners all the year round.

Food Pairings And Serving

Ducru Beaucaillou is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. This wine is best paired with hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, and pasta.

Tasting Notes

Subtlety, finesse and elegance are the hallmarks of Ducru-Beaucaillou, which has often been described as the quintessential Saint-Julien.

Freshness and accessibility are the hallmarks of this wine. The customary level of density is improved with added grace, elegance, pliability and an upbeat, spicy core of attention seeking fruits. This is not to say that the wine is light. It is to explain that power has been refined with approachability, brighter fruits and exceedingly silky tannins. 

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