Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2023

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2023

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Saint-Julien, Second Growth.

83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, a prestigious estate in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux, France, is renowned for producing some of the finest wines in the region. The estate spans 75 hectares, with its vineyards primarily planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, reflecting the classic Médoc blend. The gravelly soil, which inspired the name "Beaucaillou" (meaning "beautiful pebbles"), contributes to the exceptional quality and distinctive character of its wines. The château's commitment to excellence has solidified its reputation as one of the top wineries in Bordeaux.

Georgie Hindle - Decanter: 97/100

Lovely vibrant purple colour in the glass. Smells fragrant and lifted, a combination of sweet and ripe and fresh blackcurrant and black cherries on the nose with a touch of dark chocolate. Smooth and so silky, but rich too, there’s depth and weight but not too much. I love the texture - grippy and filling no doubt, it coats the mouth with a crushed velvet texture, you feel the ripeness but there’s such lift and effortless purity of fruit that it feels fresh too. No extra fat, but equally it’s not too lean, not strict at all, where many are. Not hollow, not light, there’s no let up. Juicy cherry, blackcurrant and blueberry with lots of liquorice on the finish. Feels well crafted.

James Suckling: 96-97/100
This has aromas of blackberries and blackcurrant, as well as graphite and flint. Some gunpowder. It’s full-bodied with extremely refined tannins, a creamy character and al-dente fruit at the finish. Crunchy, succulent and linear. Mineral edge to it, like licking a stone. Energetic.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Independent: 95-97+/100
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2023 Ducru-Beaucaillou opens with classic great Cabernet notes of blackcurrants, mulberries, and ripe plums leading to a perfume of lilacs, lavender, and pencil shavings with a touch of cardamom. The light to medium-bodied palate is very tightly wound and so, so elegant, with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and wonderful tension giving definition to the black and red berry layers, finishing long and fragrant. This is more structured than most Médoc wines this year and very impressive.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous: 95-97/100
The 2023 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a heady, sumptuous Saint-Julien. The aromatics alone are captivating. Truffle, rose petal, blood orange, pomegranate, spice and menthol build in a creamy, lavish Ducru. The 2023 is a classic Bruno Borie wine that emphasizes textural opulence. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous floral and spice-driven top notes. The balance of opulence and vibrancy is compelling. 

Jane Anson: 96/100
Glass-staining violet. A serious Ducru, delivered with precision and balance, with plenty of concentration and a slow, long build, layered, fine and sappy tannins. Proof again that this is a great Cabernet year in this corner of Bordeaux, less velvet concentration than the 2022 Ducru perhaps, but more finesse and packed full of nuance, and a saline mouthwatering finish.