The 2014 La Croix de Beaucaillou has enjoyed a purple patch in recent vintages. The nose on the 2014 appeared to have closed down after bottling, but the quality is still tangible, almost sedate, but exquisitely defined tertiary red berry fruit gradually opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and energetic, very focused with superb mineralité. There is just a mote of hardness and rigidity on the finish, but that will be abraded by bottle age (and this is one Deuxième Vin that benefits from bottle maturity). Drink Date 2021-2040
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017|
The La Croix de Beaucaillou 2014 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot that is raised in 60% new oak. This needs a few minutes to settle down in the glass, which is no problem since Bruno and I always have a good natter about the vintage. There is a sense of nonchalance on the nose, nothing too extravagant, quite “contained” compared to recent vintages but clearly with good concentration that will be more evident post-bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannin, a little powdery in texture, but I like the symmetry and focus defining the finish. Great potential, though it will require 4 to 5 years to fully assimilate that new oak.
Drink: 2018 - 2030
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Extremely aromatic with crushed-raspberry and plum character. Sweet tobacco, too. Hints of wet earth and dried mushrooms. Medium to full body, silky and racy tannins and an oyster-shell and iodine finish. A beauty. Drink in 2019.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
Sweet tobacco, dried seaweed and blackcurrants. Full body, velvety textured tannins and an intense finish. Muscular and serious.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015|
The 2014 Croix de Beaucaillou is a very dark, powerful, concentrated second wine in an especially juicy style. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and dark spice build into the huge, voluptuous finish. Tasted two times.
|Score: 92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Croix de Beaucaillou is a dark, voluptuous beauty. Juicy black cherries, smoke, violets, crème de cassis and new leather are some of the many notes that wrap around the palate, leading to a deep, inky finish laced with purplish-hued fruits. Juicy and extroverted to the core, the 2014 is likely to reward consumers with considerable immediate pleasure. The creamy finish alone is incredibly inviting. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2015|
Mid crimson. Very fragrant and polished with freshness and a strong savoury edge. Some tobacco leaves. Meaty and yet with enough juice and well-controlled acidity. A little tough on the end now but good acid/fruit balance. 13.25%
|Score: 17-||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015|
Bruno Borie's relentless pursuit of excellence at Ducru Beaucaillou has resulted in the production levels of the Grand Vin falling by around 50%. The chief beneficiary of the draconian selection process here is this - the second label - which contains fruit that was once always used for Ducru itself. Another wine - Lalande Borie is made from the vineyards further inland from the estuary near Talbot and Lagrange. Really a single vineyard separate wine and it now featuring a striking new label designed by Jade Jagger. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, aged in 60% new oak. Medium-deep ruby colour. Spicy red and black cherries on the nose with a cool ripeness. Slightly minty. The palate is supple and soft with a little spice from new oak and a charming core of ripe red fruits. Velvets tannins and black cherry suplemented by a little cedar on the soft and plump finish.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
This unfurls a lovely beam of lush raspberry preserves and cassis, backed by velvety structure. Ends with enticing warm fruitcake and melted red licorice notes. This has a bit of flash and should be approachable on the earlier side. Best from 2019 through 2026.
|Score: 90||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
Concentrated black fruits the nose has depth of flavour and the palate has a black cherry, cassis and liquorice richness. Fresher at the back lighter quite fragrant but it fills out on the finish with depth of fruit. 2026-36
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 90||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|