2018 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou Saint Julien

$199.95
(Net Item - no discounts apply)
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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou or “beautiful stones” is named for the large stones that literally cover the vineyards. This estate has been improving the past two decades, by reducing production and focusing on the fantastic soil, to produce more intense wines with ripe tannins and supple texture. 
“It’s as classy as they come, boasting a deep purple/blue color as well as awesome notes of pure crème de cassis, smoke tobacco, crushed rock-like minerality, and violets.“ - JD 
This wine is set to become legendary. 100 points in 2009 and 2016, with this wine primed to follow suit. A true Super Second. Buy now while the prices are low and the wine is available, it will not remain like this for long. 

NOTE: PRE-ARRIVAL; PAYMENT IS DUE NOW; WINES ARRIVE IN SPRING 2021

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Vintage:
2018
Oak Treatment:
100% new barriques
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Julien
Total Varietal Composition %:
85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot
Alcohol %:
14.5%
SKU #:
1039393
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Wine Advocate

The 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, to be aged 18 months in 100% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.7, 14.5% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 95. Very deep purple-black in color, it prances out of the glass with flamboyant, showy scents of cinnamon stick, wilted roses, star anise, fallen leaves and Ceylon tea with a core of blackcurrant cordial, black cherry compote, violets, chocolate mint and espresso plus a waft of crushed rocks. Full-bodied, opulent and decadently fruited with layer upon layer of black/blue fruit and floral nuances, it has an exquisitely ripe, fine-grained frame and fantastic freshness supporting the multifaceted, beguiling fruit, finishing with tons of fragrant flowers and mineral sparks. At once beautifully elegant and wonderfully bold. About 7,000 cases of the grand vin will be produced, really focusing on the area around the estate.

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Wine Spectator

Another rock 'em sock 'em St.-Julien here, brimming with nearly exotic blackberry, plum, blueberry and açaí berry reduction notes, bristling with brambly energy and racing through a graphite-edged finish. Shows gorgeous perfume throughout, despite the fairly obvious level of concentration.

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Wine Enthusiast

This is a powerful wine that shows big tannins and great concentration that are matched with intense acidity. The result is a magnificent wine with the dense fruit flavor and bold structure that will lend well to aging.

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Vinous

The 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a wine of pure and total sensual beauty. Layers of intense fruit nearly cover the massive tannins that lurk beneath. Sweet floral notes, spice, mint, lavender and rose petals all grace a sublime Ducru that is long on class and character. In most recent vintages, Ducru has been a tannic behemoth, but the 2018 is remarkably silky, sumptuous and nuanced. In 2018, Ducru is not an obvious wine, but it is exceptionally beautiful. The 2018 is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. New oak is 100%. Tasted two times.

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James Suckling

This is so layered and beautiful with incredible tannin quality. Full-bodied with a caressing texture that reminds me of the finest cashmere. So layered. You want to swallow this. Brings a smile to the face. Wow. So well crafted.