Ducru Beaucaillou 2015

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou is phenomenally great. Inky, powerful and explosive, the 2015 pulses with energy in all of its dimensions. Creme de cassis, blackberry jam, graphite, smoke, leather and incense, along with the wine's muscular tannins, convey an impression of brooding intensity. The 2015 has been nothing short of sensational on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Readers should be prepared to be patient. Don't miss it! 2030 - 2055

Score: 98Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018

Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou is provocatively and profoundly scented of chocolate-covered cherries, fresh black currants, crushed blueberries and licorice with touches of cigar box, roses and violets plus hints of black pepper and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, rich and sultry with tons of seductive layers and firm, wonderfully velvety tannins, it has a very long, multilayered finish. 2023 - 2048

Score: 97Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

Aromas of oyster shell, iron and currants. Hints of iodine. Full-bodied, very tight and focused. Love the finish of sandalwood, cinnamon, violets and lavender. Wonderful tannin texture. Linear and driven. Drink in 2022.

Score: 97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

The 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou is maybe a little more understated than its peers; it doesn’t grab you by your lapels and demand your attention. It is attractive, but I would have liked more vigor. The medium-bodied palate presents grainy tannin, gentle grip, more freshness in the mouth than on the nose, and a pastille-like purity toward the sweet, candied finish. Lovely, but it has certainly retreated into its shell and will require extended cellaring vis-à-vis its peers. [Another bottle tasted at the château and afforded a long decanting showed better.] Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Score: 94+Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

The 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, has a very refined bouquet with precise blackberry, cedar, crushed flowers and incense that blossom in the glass. This is immediately seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin. This is very refined and sensual, the acidity extremely well judged and lending tension from start to finish. Notes of black fruit, allspice, a touch of graphite and subtle mineral tones surface toward the finish. This is a stunning Ducru Beaucaillou that deserves several years in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2023 - 2050.

Score: 95Neal Martin, -, March 2018

The 2015 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, picked from around 28 September to 6 October. Matured in 100% new oak for what will be 18 months, delivering 13.5% alcohol, it has a relatively opulent bouquet for Saint Julien, with ripe black plum mixed with blackberry and cranberry, very well defined and neatly interwoven with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly savory opening, gently but insistently gripping the mouth. It feels dense and structured with a subtle marine-like note towards the linear, black olive-tinged finish. Bruno Borie has a 2015 with backbone, with longevity in mind. I suspect this will require a decade for the tannins to soften and continue the purple patch for this grand estate. Drink 2025 - 2050.

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A dense and compressed red with loads of blackberry and blueberry character. Fresh wet vineyard soil. Some mushroom too. Full and very tannic yet polished and very refined. Super balance and depth.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou offers notable depth, power and richness. There is plenty of tannin lurking beneath, but it is nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Smoke, tobacco, charcoal, leather and dark stone fruits give the 2015 much of its brooding, tightly wound personality. A wine of pedigree and exceptional class, the 2015 Ducru is structured yet also spherical in texture, with terrific balance and tons of style. The 2015 is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.

Score: 94/96Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Tasted blind. Mid garnet. Hint of old socks on the nose. Then lovely fresh, rosy fruit on the palate that almost disguises the tannin (like Montrose). Fascinating wine. Is this the Ducru? Long and intriguing.
Drink 2024-2045

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Very deep. Lifted and fresh. Very correct and unforced. Very sweet. Only just not too sweet… Transparent. Very expressive. Lively and fresh but a bit sinewy. 13.42%
Drink 2023-2036

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

Ducru is on top form these days. Bruno Borie has made some very serious wines at Ducru in recent vintages with many vats previously destined for the grand vin now being used for the second label. From 2003 onwards production of the first wine has been reduced from 15,000-20,000 cs to 9,000-11,000 cs. There is now more second wine - La Croix de Beaucaillou - than there is Grand Vin. Bruno's policy is now to only select fruit from the heart of the Ducru vineyard, overlooking the estuary for the Grand Vin. Ducru is clearly back where it belongs at the top of the super-second league. The 2015 - which is being matured in 100% new oak barrels - was made from 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot and has 13.4 degrees of alcohol. Deep purple in colour but lifted in its aromatics with perfumed purple and blue fruit that is superbly defined, ripe and enticing. This is layered by notes of fennel, coriander and nutmeg. The palate is immediately supple, elegant, rounded and silky with a plush black fruit core that provides effortless power to this outstanding Ducru Beaucaillou. The finish is creamy with sweet vanilla and smoky with tobacco, yet lifted by cherry blossom at the same time. Very well done!

Score: 17.5Farr Vintners, March 2016

The 2015 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine (there’s 5% Merlot) that was brought up in 100% new barrels. It’s a classic, elegant, classy 2015 revealing a deep, saturated purple color as well as terrific notes of crème de cassis, smoked earth, lead pencil, and violets. With full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin, and a stacked mid-palate, it should start to shine in 6-7 years and keep for three decades. 2024 - 2054

Score: 96Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

The black fruits on the nose are ripe the palate sweet with rich black cherry backed by chocolate and coffee. Fine well handled tannins support the back palate is supple and fleshy but there is underlying freshness bright at the back bilberry freshness under the ripe black cherry. The fruit lingers on the finish stylish with an elegant charm.

Score: 93/96Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Containing the highest ever percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at Ducru, this is a wine of
structure and impressive energy that was aged in 100% new oak. Rich, dense and complex,
it’s gutsy and profound, with polished tannins, blackberry and blackcurrant sweetness and a
long, tapering finish. Drink: 2025-40

Score: 96Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

There is considerable power and weight here with some seriously lush black fruit and lots of green flashes and highlights
among the massive oak intensity and relentless drive of flavour. There is no excess in any department, but the combination
of the elements is integrated beautifully and with stylish touches of spice and detail this is a wine which will live
for a very long time.

Score: 18+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016

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