2023 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien

2023 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien

New release

Tasted April 2024. 58% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot. 13.5% ABV. Cassis, blackberry and cocoa on the nose, with licorice and graphite developing on the palate. Full bodied and polished on the palate, with very fine tannins. Supple and opulent.

Critic score
92.5/100 info
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Case, 6 Bottles
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£182.40
Bottle
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£33.75

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2047info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)

Tasting notes

The 2023 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou marries sophistication with the textural richness that is such a signature here. All the elements are so well balanced. Jammy dark red fruit, pomegranate, blood orange, spice and mocha infuse the 2023 with tons of nuance. Supple tannins wrap it all together. This Saint-Julien screams with character.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2024)
(90—92)/100

The 2023 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou has a very perfumed and floral bouquet: plush red berry fruit, vanilla, cedar and blood orange, well-defined with deftly integrated new oak (60%). The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins that lend this La Croix a bit more backbone than recent vintages. It’s very fresh; white pepper and thyme complement the bright red fruit, leading to an overtly peppery finish, with a touch of graphite on the aftertaste.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (April 2024)
(91—93)/100

The purity of fruit is so beautiful here with blackcurrants and violets, as well as freshly shaved lead pencil. It’s medium-bodied with refined tannins that are wonderfully polished and give plenty of texture. Goes on for minutes. Second wine of Ducru. 58% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petit verdot.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2024)
94—95/100

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