Château-Ducru-Beaucaillou Croix De Beaucaillou Saint-julien 2009 Bottle


SKU 00599

750ml Bottle

The general consensus among the critics is that the 2009 Croix de Beaucaillou is the finest vintage to date of this noble estate's 'second' wine. The Grand Vin is being subjected to an increasingly stricter selection process, with only about 50% of the vineyard production going into the final Ducru. The balance is used in the 'Croix'. This 2009 is made of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot and was aged in 60% new oak, and the rest one year old barrels. 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.'
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Julien
Brand Château-Ducru-Beaucaillou
  • we94

Wine EnthusiastBarrel sample. This has fruit, with delicious black berry frutis, It charms with elegance and ripeness, at the same time as giving a core of tannin. Definitely on the fruity side. 92-94

Roger Voss, February 10, 2011
  • js93

James SucklingAromas of blackberry and blueberries, with Chinese spices, follow through to a full body, with firm tannins and a mineral, floral and chewy finish. Beautiful already, but needs at least three or four years to soften and open.

  • ws91

Wine SpectatorShows nice range, with crushed plum, blackberry and steeped fig notes lined with singed mesquite and backed by black tea and licorice snap accents. Should be approachable soon. Best from 2014 through 2024.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2013
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe grand vin is the result of an increasingly strict selection process, with approximately 50% of the production going into the final wine and the balance used in the Croix de Beaucaillou. The 2009 may be the finest example of this cuvee I have yet tasted. Up-front, precocious and generous, it possesses a dense purple color, a big, broad, unctuous texture and abundant notes of creme de cassis and black cherry fruit intertwined with hints of wood smoke, vanillin and earth. This nearly viscous-styled wine can be drunk in 2-3 years or cellared for 15+. Bruno Borie has done a remarkable job at Ducru Beaucaillou.

Robert Parker, February 2012