Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Bordeaux
R4,250
Out of stock
From one of the oldest estates in the Médoc, this 2017 was one of the Top 100 wines of 2020, scoring 98/100 from James Suckling. It’s considered to be ‘one of the stars of the vintage’ and ‘the most flamboyant wine in Saint-Julien’ by critic Antonio Galloni.
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‘Attractive, intense aromas of ripe blueberries, currants and more savory, tarry notes, as well as iodine, violets and cassis. The palate has a supple and succulent feel. This is cabernet in outright seductive mode, offering such fluid tannins and mouth-filling length. A blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. One of the stars of the vintage.’ – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, 98/100 (Top 100 Wines of 2020 from James Suckling)

'Deep purple-black in color, the 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou slowly unfurls to reveal beautifully fragrant notes of warm kirsch, wild blueberries, fresh red and black currants and violets with wafts of underbrush and Earl Grey tea. Medium-bodied, the palate has great freshness and elegance, with very well-played, plush tannins and bags of perfumed fruit, finishing on a lingering spicy note. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Drink 2022 - 2048.' – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 96+/100 (Mar 2020)

'The 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou is racy, deep and opulently beautiful. In 2017, Ducru is very red-fruited and floral, with tons of inner sweetness and nuance to match its sumptuous, exotic personality. Mint, spice, chocolate and licorice accents add character as the 2017 gains brightness, aromatic purity and detail with a bit of air. Bruno Borie gave the 2017 18 months in 100% new oak. Along with Beychevelle, Ducru is the most flamboyant wine in Saint-Julien. Tasted two times. Drink 2025 - 2047.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 96/100 (Mar 2020)

'While the dense and dark tannins are prominent, they can't mask the exuberant fruit that wants to burst out. Blackberry flavors are impressively ripe and rich, shot through with acidity that gives the wine salinity as well as freshness. At the back, those tannins will allow the wine to age over many years. Don't drink before 2024.' – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 96/100 (Mar 2020)
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 13.5%
Body Full-bodied
Blend information 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating JS 98
Producer information Located in Saint-Julien, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc with its history dating back to the beginning of the 13th century. The name Beaucaillou comes from the French 'beaux Cailloux' which means 'beautiful pebbles'. These quartz pebbles were said to be deposited by the ancient Garonne at the beginning of the early Quaternary period (2 million years ago). Today the property has The 75-hectares under vine which are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.
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