Croix Ducru Beaucaillou 2019

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill

This wine has been made since 1995, but the name has recently changed from “Croix de Beaucaillou” to “La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou”. Originally a second wine of Ducru, it has been produced since 2005 from a specific vineyard site situated on the opposite side of the D2 road from Ducru itself, between Chateaux Saint Pierre and Leoville Barton. It is regarded as being of classed growth quality but in an approachable style thanks to a higher than average proportion of Merlot for Saint Julien. It has a striking label designed by Jade Jagger.


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Tasting Notes

In 2019 it is composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby in colour with sweet aromatics of blueberry and morello cherries. The fruit is matched with the sweet spice of liquorice on the palate, with fine and fresh tannins giving a velveteen texture. Fine and forward, this is a juicy, approachable and lightly exotic wine.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

The 2019 La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou is endowed with a gorgeous, quite sumptuous bouquet loaded with black plum, tobacco, smoke and Earl Grey aromas that burst from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very pliant tannin, harmonious and velvety in texture, gradually building towards a detailed and mineral-driven finish. Maybe less opulent than the 2018 by comparison, yet a Deuxième Vin full of breeding. 2024 - 2044

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

A young red with very pretty blackberries, blueberries and stone. Hints of currant leaf. Full with firm yet polished tannins. Slightly austere, in a good sense. Persistent at the end. Linear and bright.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

The 2019 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is a dark, sumptuous wine. Black cherry, plum, leather, spice and licorice all flesh out in a gorgeous, inviting second Saint-Julien. All of the personality of the Grand Vin comes through nicely. La Croix has plenty to offer, but like all of the 2019s from Ducru, there is an edginess in the tannins that is impossible to fully look past.

Score: 89/91Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

Deep damson colour and mouthfilling from the start, this expands outwards through the palate, filling up with concentrated yet plush berry fruits, notes of smoked oak, hazelnut, grilled liquorice. A real presence, approaches the 2016 but with more evident approachability. Appealing now but sure that it will close down pretty tightly for a while as this has a high tannin count of 88IPT. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042

Score: 94Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020

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