Château-Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint Julien 2000
Planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, Ducru Beaucaillou is one of the oldest Bordeaux wine producing estates in the Medoc dating back to the befginning of the 13th century. As a working Bordeaux vineyard in Saint Julien, the Bergeron family was in charge the chateau from 1720. Bertrand Ducru purchased the estate in 1795. He added his name to the winery which quickly earned fame under the name of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. Ducru Beaucaillou also hired the well known Parisian architect, Paul Abadie to create a special chateau on the property.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Julien|
Wine AdvocateA stunning wine from Ducru Beaucaillou which showcases its great terroir, this elegant but substantial 2000 has a dense purple color that has hardly budged since it was first bottled. Displaying a floral note, with hints of boysenberries, black raspberries, black currants and a touch of background oak, the wine has superb concentration and density, but still has some substantial tannins that are not yet fully resolved. I originally predicted that it should be drinkable from 2010-2030, but I would modify that now to 2015-2035.
Wine SpectatorThis has mature hints, but there's great focus as the cedar, bay and leather notes race along with, rather than pull away from, the core of fig and blackberry fruit flavors. The long, bittersweet cocoa—dusted finish provides a solid bass line.--Blind 2000 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2023.