The 2018 Croix de Beaucaillou comes from vines in the heart of the appellation and sees 12 months in 80% new oak. Deep purple in hue, the bouquet is sensual and ravishing with precocious kirsch, menthol, fig and red berry scents that explode from the glass. This is no shy retiring wallflower! The palate is packed to the rafters with rich, red berry fruit laced with white pepper, sage, mint and touches of fresh fig. It is one of the most decadent Croix de Beaucaillou that I have tasted at this prenatal stage, a heady and hedonistic Saint-Julien that will appeal to those who like that style. At 15.0% alcohol and with an IPT of 96, make sure you either give this a few years in bottle or cancel the early morning appointment the following day. Drink 2024-2045.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
This is not a second wine as such, because it comes from a dedicated part of the vineyard, located on the south bank of La Mouline. The 2018 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, to be aged 12 months in 60% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.75, 15% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 96. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little closed and broody to begin, offering subtle notions of fertile loam, tobacco, truffles and cast iron pan with a core of crème de cassis, blackberry compote and boysenberries with hints of underbrush and bay leaves. Full, rich and seductive in the mouth, it has firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness to lift the dense fruit to a long finish.
|Score: 91/93||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is so savory and delicious with dark-berry and mushroom character and cedar undertones. Lavender and smoke as well. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is an outrageously beautiful, vivid wine. Gravel, crushed rocks, menthol, lavender, espresso, licorice and dark spice all infuse a racy, sumptuous Saint-Julien loaded with personality and class. In 2018 La Croix is especially fine. Ample, voluptuous and racy to the core, the 2018 is stunning in its beauty. I can't wait to taste it from bottle. The 2018 is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
In the centre of the appellation. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 35% Merlot. 70% new oak. Barrel sample.
Black hearted. Intense ripe cassis and damson fruit. A slight sourness to the black fruit but the tannins are smooth and compact. There's richness to the fruit and impressive density just a little bitter and some alcoholic heat on the finish. More power than elegance and not very digestible. (JH) 15%
|Score: 16+||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
A deep ruby-purple in the glass, this is peppery and rich on the nose with juicy cherry and roasted coffee bean. The palate is silky, refined and voluptuous, with rounded tannins and heady black fruits making this a true hedonist's wine. The exotic, plump fruits burst through to the finish which is pure and primary.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
While the 2018 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is often thought of as the second wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou, it’s actually from a separate parcel on the northern part of the estate and is a stand-alone wine based on 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot that will spend 12 months in 60% new French oak. Offering terrific purity of fruit as well as notes of graphite, lead pencil, cassis, and blackberries, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a distinct sense of minerality, good structure, and outstanding length. I’d be thrilled to drink bottles over the coming decade or more.
|Score: 91/93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(62 Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 Merlot, 3 Petit Verdot) | 70% new oak for 12 months | 15% alc | 35 hl/ha | 96 IPT This is a super-dark wine with the highest IPT they have experienced at Ducru. La Croix has pretentions of the throne and it clearly wants to depose the King. The tannins are awesome and dense and dark, but it is also fruit-rich and chocolatey and the overall experience is breath-taking. Very over the top in one respect, but also incredibly focussed and concentrated this is a massive and slightly scary wine.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|