2015 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Cru Classé St-Julien

2015 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Cru Classé St-Julien

Charismatic owner Bruno Borie is very positive about the 2015 vintage, and he’s got every reason to be so. Deep and expressive, the palate is succulent with a really sensuous texture. The freshness on the finish makes this an absolute pleasure to taste: polished and of a style, for those who like plushness and balance Ducru is a winner.

Critic score
95.5/100 info
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Bottle
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£173.38

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    95% Cabernet Sauvignon
    5% Merlot
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2040info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)

Tasting notes

The 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou offers notable depth, power and richness. There is plenty of tannin lurking beneath, but it is nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Smoke, tobacco, charcoal, leather and dark stone fruits give the 2015 much of its brooding, tightly wound personality. A wine of pedigree and exceptional class, the 2015 Ducru is structured yet also spherical in texture, with terrific balance and tons of style. The 2015 is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
94—96/100

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.

Neal Martin, robertparker.com (April 2016)
94—96/100

Very deep. Lifted and fresh. Very correct and unforced. Very sweet. Only just not too sweet… Transparent. Very expressive. Lively and fresh but a bit sinewy.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
17.5/20
Decanter (April 2016)
96/100

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.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
95—96/100

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