2020 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien

This is one of the top performing second wines in Bordeaux from the talented Ducru-Beaucaillou team. It has all the concentration and ripeness of recent vintages, but with slightly lower alcohol than we’ve seen in the past few years, so it has a hugely appealing freshness and balance.

Critic score
94.75/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
12 available
£38.68
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
2 available
£232.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2044
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien

TASTING NOTES

This is really serious. It’s full-bodied, tight and linear with fantastic length. Racy, so fine and intense. Very fine tannins. One of the best Croix Ducru. 53% cabernet sauvignon, 44% merlot, and 3% petit verdot.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
94—95/100

So much purity and definition, this is a beautiful wine with clarity of flavour. Touches of grilled almond and rosemary, mocha, smoke and coffee bean, there is so much freshness, with juice rushing in between the muscles and a mint leaf finish. 3.78pH, 60% new oak. Yields were 25-30hl/ha. In a year where second wines in the Médoc have sometimes suffered from over-concentration, La Croix de Beaucaillou is a standout success.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
95/100

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