Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Ducru Beaucaillou, SAINT-JULIEN, 2ème Grand Cru Classé
$391 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
An amazing Ducru, one of the wines of the vintage. Hugely persistent, chiselled and precise, yet succulent in its berry and cassis fruit character. The slate and pencil lead finish slows things down and grabs hold of you, I love the push-and-pull of the tannins. Always a confident and well-finessed wine, really flexing its muscles in 2020. 98 Jane Anson, Decanter Really perfumed and complex with blackberries, blackcurrants and flowers. Gorgeous cabernet sauvignon character. Full-bodied with really fine, polished tannins. Superb length and intensity. Very compact and seamless. Ethereal. Just goes on and on. 98-99 James Suckling.
The nose is refined but intense, bringing cool blackcurrant fruit with the classic riper flair this wine is known for - hints of kirsch and sweet spice but also floral tones. The oak is present but sits in tandem with a strong graphite note that follows onto the palate, leaving a strong impression of freshness. There is superb delineation of cool black cherry and blackcurrant, bolstered by savoury spices of oak. The tannins are ever-present but refined, adding a full structure without dominating the fruit. This an elegant, chiselled Ducru with a long and harmonious finish. 94-96 Farr Vintners, London.
The 2020 Ducru Beaucaillou has a very succinct bouquet, not one that leaps from the glass and demands attention, but it unfolds slowly, at its own pace, revealing enticing scents of blackberry, cedar, iris petals and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit. There is a saline spine that runs through this Saint-Julien from start to finish, a quite enormous structure that exerts grip towards the finish. This is an immense and cerebral Ducru-Beaucaillou from Bruno Borie and his team. 96-98 Neal Martin, Vinous.