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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the prestigious estates of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne. With its exceptional vintages, it carries the colors of France high. Discover the values of excellence of the château, the specificities of its legendary vineyard and the unique personality of its elegant red wines.
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The iconic Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (Saint-Julien-Beychevelle) with its breathtaking view of the Gironde estuary and its 75-hectare vineyard are inseparable from the Saint-Julien AOC.
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, a family history
If the history of this elegant Victorian mansion set in a 5 hectare park begins in the 13th century, it is its owners who have made it great. For 300 years, several families have succeeded one another at its head to sublimate the initial work:
- Bergeron family (1720-1797). The marriage of Marie Dejean, heiress of the castle, to Jacques Bergeron is a turning point for the property which becomes a wine estate. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou takes off after the French Revolution.
- Ducru family (1797-1866). Bertrand Ducru, passionate about the wines of the Médoc, invested in the cellar, the vineyard and the building. His transformations contributed so much to the influence of the estate that his successors added his name to that of Beaucaillou. After the death of their father (1829), his two children managed the estate. Marie-Louise made it part of the 1855 Grands Crus classification requested by Napoleon III and into the legend. The estate took off at the Paris World Fair with its 2nd Cru Classé.
- Johnston family (1866-1928). Ducru-Beaucaillou is now owned by Lucie-Caroline Dassier and her husband Nathaniel Johnston. These enthusiasts bring modernity and embellish the place so that it is at the height of its wines. They added two Victorian towers and a sumptuous landscaped park and brought it to international attention. They are also at the origin of the “bouillie bordelaise” a treatment against mildew (1884) and create the 1st Syndicat des grands crus classés du Médoc (1904). The First World War and the political events that followed complicated their business.
- Desbarats family (1928-1941). Fernand Odon Desbarats, a Medoc wine merchant, and his English wife took over the estate. Unfortunately, their energy did not succeed in putting the estate back together and creating vintages worthy of the place.
- Borie family since 1942. Francis Borie, already owner of a Pauillac grand cru, took over Ducru-Beaucaillou. Winegrower, merchant and builder of genius, he undertook to rehabilitate and develop the vineyard and the winery. His son Jean-Eugène succeeded him in his work in 1959. The property regained its letters of nobility and resumed with magnificent vintages at the end of the 1950s. His wife Monique and his son Bruno-Eugène continue the family work. This perfectionist, at the head of the estate since 2003, manages it with a view to excellence (rigorous selection policy, sustainable refoundation…). His many exceptional vintages testify to his talent.
Today, Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the greatest Saint-Julien.
An exceptional land and a reasoned production
The vineyards flourish on a unique terroir, slightly sloping and perfectly exposed, which has forged its identity. They are even enhanced by the soils made up of “beautiful pebbles”, Günzian gravel and quartz pebbles dating from the ice age and its clayey limestone subsoil.
The temperate oceanic microclimate also contributes to create a perfectly balanced ecosystem in symbiosis with the surrounding nature. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou cultivates the specificities of its land and its grape variety but goes far beyond. Type of cultivation, density of plantation, date of harvest, manual harvest, parcel-based vinification, maturation methods, conservation in the cellar… nothing is left to chance. The property is even double certified ISO14001 (2016) and HVE3 (2017).
Bruno-Eugène Borie, who plans to include an organic production, relies on a “positive modernity”, a viticulture in which tradition and technology go hand in hand. The selection of the grapes followed by a consultant oenologist and winemakers with unparalleled know-how is drastic. It includes frequent tastings as well as analysis of maturity measurements (sugar, IBMP, acidity…). This daily requirement makes it possible to achieve perfect blends envied throughout the Bordeaux region.
Vineyards and grape varieties of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
To qualify for the Saint-Julien AOC, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou cultivates grape varieties that meet rigorous specifications. The vineyard is composed of 2/3 Cabernet-Sauvignon and 1/3 Merlot. The association of these two flagship black grape varieties of the region is meticulous and the balance between stave and grape variety is constantly being perfected. Ducru-Beaucaillou also keeps historical plots of vines anchored deep in the soil to capture the essence of the mother. Alongside the vines of the Grand Vin, the vines of its two blended wines are cultivated:
- The Cabernet-Sauvignon-dominant Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is enhanced with black Merlot (35 tò 37%) and a slightly spicy hint of Petit Verdot (3 tò 5%).
- The Petit Ducru of Ducru-Beaucaillou is a blend of Cabernet-Merlot, sometimes carefully enhanced with Petit Verdot.
Merlot brings to each a roundness, an aromatic richness and freshness.
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The wines of the château shine with their elegance, power, finesse, balance and excellent ageing potential.
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, classified 2nd Grand Cru 1855
The Premier Grand Vin Ducru-Beaucaillou classified 2nd Grand Cru competes with the first classified Grands Crus of the Médoc. This refined wine with a unique style is the result of ultra-selective blending. The volumes retained have gone from 16,000 cases (2002) to 8,000 for the last vintages. Its sumptuous dark color is enough to charm you and its bright fruity aromas invade the memory. It is characterized by elegant tannins, a deep texture, freshness and a remarkable length in the mouth. To guarantee a long maturation (18 months) free of nitrogen and CO2, Ducru-Beaucaillou has opted for new French oak barrels.
La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou since 2005
The second wine, which represents about 60% of the estate’s annual production, is produced on parcels that are entirely dedicated to it. Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou has its own identity and has nothing to envy to Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. It reveals the freshness of the fruits, silky tannins and a more immediate accessibility. It charms all the palates until those of the amateurs of Great Wines of the Medoc. This cuvée aged 12 months in barrels with 2/3 new wood invites you to discover the wonderful world of Borie.
As proof of his quest for excellence, Bruno Borie entrusted the creation of his label to Jade Jagger, Mick’s daughter. The elegant label of the designer who works in the world of luxury dresses its bottles since 2010 and a limited edition of the 2009 vintage.
The Little Ducru of Ducru-Beaucaillou
This newcomer to the family, accessible from its youth, is a selection from the vineyards of the estate. Petit Ducru is produced with the same high standards as its predecessors. Aged 12 months in barrels with 1/3 new wood, it is greedy, charming and balanced. It goes well with poultry and is a natural choice for both private and restaurant tables.
The reputation of Château Ducru-Beaucailloure is based on the elegance of its wines, which are transformed over time into unique vintages. 2005, 2009, 2015, 2016… the great vintages follow one another without ever resembling one another. The exceptional 2009 vintage appeals to discerning palates around the world and even surpasses the mythical 1961. Its violet color, its spicy fruity aromas, its smoothness in the mouth, its balanced tannins characterize this vintage which has not yet reached its peak.