Château Ducru Beaucaillou, meaning ‘beautiful stone’, is located in the south east of St Julien and thrives the reputation of being a super second.
Made with high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (usually around 90%), Ducru Beaucaillou is known for being powerful yet elegant and charming.
The 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou has a refined bouquet with perfumed blackberry and briary scents, the oak neatly intertwined. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a sharp, penetrating entry, the acidity here higher than its peers. It is certainly fresh and tensile, more Pauillac in style than Saint Julien, with a strong graphite presence towards the finish. Fine, but it needs a couple more years in bottle. It actually improves with aeration and develops much more finesse and panache. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2022 - 2050- 95 pts Neal Martin, vinous.com