Peter Maude Fine Wines

2022, La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, SAINT-JULIEN


Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

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 road from Ducru itself, between Châteaux Saint Pierre and Léoville 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.

The 2022 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou has a delineated bouquet with a mixture of red and black fruit. The briary and smoky aromas feel more understated compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and seamlessly integrated oak that lends a silky texture. Very harmonious with an insistent grip, it lacquers the mouth long after it has departed. That Pauillac tincture is displayed and defines its precise finish. Excellent. Not so far behind the Grand Vin because of the growing season. 93-95 Neal Martin, Vinous.

A chewy and polished red with blackberry and blueberry character. Full to medium body. Fine and tensioned. Excellent finish. Salty. Blackcurrants at the end. 94-95 James Suckling.

Bramble tones; fragrant and rich blackberry notes on the nose. A dark soul with depth and intensity, this has such richness and power, but restraint also. Concentrated with a directness and focus that drives it from start to finish aided by a linear vein of salinity, liquorice and blackcurrant. Tannins are robust and grippy, giving an impressive structure that is imposing in the mouth but retains a suave and endearing quality. Such charm and potential. 94 Georgina Hindle, Decanter.

Drinking Window: 2030 - 2058

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