2018 ducru-beaucaillou 2eme cru classe, saint-julien
Why We're Buying
Blackberries, spice, roasted apple wood, and supportive acidity come together in Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (Saint-Julien 2ème Grand Cru Classé). The red wine features 90% cabernet sauvignon with a touch of merlot for a balanced and persistent expression. In 2010, wine critic Jeb Dunnuck gave the vintage a perfect rating, saying, "A fabulous wine that everyone who loves Bordeaux should have a bottle or case of."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, aged 18 months in 100% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.7, 14.5% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 95. Deep purple-black colored, it has a powerful nose of baked black cherries, blackberry preserves and crème de cassis with nuances of menthol, pencil lead, cedar chest and Indian spices, plus fragrant wafts of violets and licorice emerging after a few minutes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with impactful black fruits and exotic spices layers, supported by firm, ripe grainy tannins and bags of freshness, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. There is a brightness to the wine—surprising freshness—and yet it remains very rich and hedonic, presenting an extraordinary vinous paradox that will blow away fans of this great estate.