2021 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Cru Classé St-Julien

2021 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Cru Classé St-Julien

Tasted April 2022. A massive 98% Cabernet Sauvignon this year. Full of musky, plump black fruits with raspberry, floral notes and dark chocolate. Densely-packed linear, silky tannins and a rich, creamy mid-palate with vanilla spice and cedar. The acidity is fresh and there's a long, saline finish.

Critic score
96/100 info
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur info
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Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2052info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou, bottled July 2023, has a classically styled bouquet: blackberry, iodine and, again, a conspicuous marine influence of kelp and sea spray. The nose has very fine delineation—cool, calm and collected. The palate is medium-bodied with fine depth, although there remains some new oak to be subsumed at the moment, and that partially shades the terroir toward the finish. But it is finely balanced and poised. A dash of black pepper on the aftertaste lingers in the mouth. This is a delightful, well-crafted Ducru-Beaucaillou that may merit a higher score down the line.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (February 2024)

The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou captures all the potential it showed from barrel. A delicate, understated wine, the 2021 impresses above all else with its finesse. All the elements are impeccably balanced throughout. Time in the glass brings out the wine's inner sweetness and gorgeous perfume. The balance with oak, at times a challenge here, is also flawless. With lower alcohol and therefore also less extraction from oak than recent vintages, the 2021 is shaping up to be a modern-day classic. The blend is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot, the highest amount of Cabernet Sauvignon ever here. What a wine.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (February 2024)

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