2023 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Cru Classé St-Julien

2023 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Cru Classé St-Julien

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Tasted April 2024. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. 13% ABV. Focused and detailed on the nose with black berry fruit, violets and anise. Rich, layered, dense on the palate, with concentrated black fruit. There's lovely perfume throughout and a fine, flinty finish.

Critic score
95.75/100 info
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Case, 6 Bottles
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£744.00
Bottle
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£137.75

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2029 - 2058info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)

Tasting notes

The 2023 Ducru-Beaucaillou, matured in 100% new oak for a planned 18 months, has a less forceful bouquet than the 2022 last year and, consequently, shows more refinement and poise. The scents don't come barging out of the blocks, but they creep up on you. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh entry. Showing moderate depth, it’s quite linear in style and grippy. A faint touch of bell pepper emerges on the classically styled finish that reminds me of some of the old vintages of Ducru-Beaucaillou. This is the strictest vintage I have encountered in some time.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (April 2024)
(94—96)/100

This has aromas of blackberries and blackcurrant, as well as graphite and flint. Some gunpowder. It’s full-bodied with extremely refined tannins, a creamy character and al-dente fruit at the finish. Crunchy, succulent and linear. Mineral edge to it, like licking a stone. Energetic. 83% cabernet sauvignon and 17% merlot.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2024)
96—97/100

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