Château-La-Croix-de-Beaucaillou Saint Julien 2015
La Croix de Beaucaillou is the second label of the esteemed Château Ducru Beaucaillou vineyard. The Grand Vin is subjected to an extremely strict selection process, with only about 50% of the vineyard production going into the final Ducru. The balance is used in this 'La Croix'. This 2015 is made of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Owner/winemaker Bruno Borie reports 'that beginning in 2005, the Croix de Beaucaillou became a wine of terroir too. Rather than including grapes from Ducru's youngest or less favorably situated vines (fruit that now goes into private labels), the Croix is made only with the grapes of certain specific parcels, giving it greater complexity.'
2nd Growth Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful, stones found in its unique wine-growing terroir. This exceptional ecosystem produces fine, elegant, tasty wines, with a long finish - in short, archetypal Saint-Julien wines. It is also one of the oldest Bordeaux wine producing estates in the Medoc dating back to the beginning 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.
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Wine EnthusiastThis wine, from a selected parcel of the Ducru-Beaucaillou vineyard, is packed with both tannins and great fruit. Its structure promises aging while its concentration and black fruits are already impressive. This is a rich wine but one that has the classic elegance of Saint-Julien.
James SucklingA juicy and savory second wine from Ducru with lots of ripe fruit and spice character. Chocolate and walnut undertones. Full body, velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Barrel Sample: 93-94
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a floral note on the nose: small black cherries, blueberry and wilted violets, the last becoming more intense as the initially tight-fisted wine opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. There is very well-judged acidity and its texture is harmonious and silky smooth. The quality is loaded more in the mouth than on the nose at the moment, but it is a seriously classy "deuxième vin" that just needs a little more persistence on the finish. 91-93