La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou 2023

La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou 2023

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58% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petit Verdot.

Second wine of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. 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.

James Suckling: 94-95/100
The purity of fruit is so beautiful here with blackcurrants and violets, as well as freshly shaved lead pencil. It’s medium-bodied with refined tannins that are wonderfully polished and give plenty of texture. Goes on for minutes. Second wine of Ducru. 58% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petit verdot.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Independent: 91-93/100
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2023 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou comes bounding out with notes of Morello cherries, wild blueberries, and fresh blackberries followed by hints of iris, pencil lead, and fragrant earth. The medium-bodied palate is light on its feet and refreshing, with soft, approachable tannins and plenty of bright blue and black fruit, finishing with a skip in its step.

Neil Martin - Vinous: 91-93/100
The 2023 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou has a very perfumed and floral bouquet: plush red berry fruit, vanilla, cedar and blood orange, well-defined with deftly integrated new oak (60%). The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins that lend this La Croix a bit more backbone than recent vintages. It’s very fresh; white pepper and thyme complement the bright red fruit, leading to an overtly peppery finish, with a touch of graphite on the aftertaste.