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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2011

Saint Julien, France


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    JL 96 WERV 94-96 WSJM 94 JCL 94
    WANM 92-94 JS 93 RPWA 92 ST 91
    WRG 19/20 DSS 18/20 B&D 17.5/20 JR 17.5/20
    LR 17.5/20 LP 17/20 TA 95 VWM 18/20

Grape Variety
85% Cabernet Sauvingon and 15% Merlot


  • 96 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider

    Produced from a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, which reached 13.10% alcohol, the wine will be aged in 95% new oak for 18 months. With the lowest yields in 25 years, production will be close to 25% less than in the previous vintage. Deep ruby in color, with purple accents around the rim, blackberry, truffle, tobacco, earth, cassis, smoke, licorice and black cherry scents are found with little effort. Plush, ripe, silky tannins and a fresh, ripe blackberry, black cherry and spicy plum finish are the hallmarks of this wine.

  • 94-96 Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss

    This wine is big, dense and impressive with plenty of concentration as well as acidity. It is balanced, bringing the big, ripe black-fruit flavor and firm tannins together with great style. —R.V

  • 94 Wine Spectator - James Molesworth

    This is rather well-endowed for the vintage, with thickly layered ganache, currant paste, fig sauce and blackberry confiture notes still grappling with one another, while briary grip and dark spice fill out the toast-fueled finish. Very long, showing a level of power that belies the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2028.

  • 94 Jeannie Cho Lee

    This is a very attractive wine with a perfumed nose of violets, blackberries, spices and a palate that reveals complex layers of flavours. Yield at Ducru in 2011 was only 25 hl/ha, very low by any standard. A full bodied, dense wine that shows the elevated, plush tannins of this vintage but with freshness and nice depth. Very long length. This wine will age beautifully.

  • 92-94 Wine Advocate - Neal Martin

    The Grand Vin is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that is being aged in 95% new oak. It has a broody, introspective bouquet compared to the 2009 and 2010 as one would expect, although it is well defined with fine minerality, a seam of dried herbs, a touch of rosemary and thyme underneath a patina of black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, citric entry. There is a slight hardness to the tannins although that will soften in time, although it is still struck through with a tensile streak. The finish has a firm tannic backbone, hints of soy and a saline touch towards the finish. This is an intriguing Ducru that should repay extended cellaring. Tasted: April, 2012

  • 93 James Suckling

    Fabulous aromas of blackberries, plums, meat and rose petals. Full body, with special richness for the vintage with a sweetness not seen in many wines. Velvety tannins that are polished and beautiful. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. Little more Merlot than normal.

  • 92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    One of the vintage’s stars, the 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou is a riveting blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of creme de cassis, licorice, subtle wood smoke and spring flowers, a surprising, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning intensity, purity, symmetry and length. Production at this estate used to be 12,000-15,000 cases, but after instituting a strict selection in addition to the smallest yields ever at this vineyard, it is down to 9,000 cases. The 2011 has considerable tannin, but it is soft and well-integrated. It should drink well for 20+ years. Readers should also be aware of just how sensational the second wine can be. If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s time to jump on Bruno Borie’s bandwagon for the two wines being produced from separate parts of the Ducru Beaucaillou vineyard. (26th April, 2012)

  • 91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    Opaque purple-ruby. Intense, perfumed nose combines blackberry, fresh herbs and coffee liqueur. Sweet and suave in the mouth, showcasing pure flavors of blackberry and blackcurrant. Finishes quite long, with lovely mineral tang, a note of blackberry syrup and peppery, youthfully chewy tannins. (5/2012)

  • 19/20 Weinwisser - René Gabriel

    85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. Only 20 hl / ha yield. Royal bouquet, ripe fruit notes, elderberry touch, alpine herbs, a touch of mint, concentrated, beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon expression with many facets. Sublime palate, very supple, bundled tannins, and the acid is already perfectly integrated. Leigt at the top of the appellation. Even the tasting of the barrel pattern was moving. 2020-2055

  • 18/20 Decanter - Steven Spurrier

    Strikingly floral Cabernet ripeness, finesse and purity, lovely texture, beautifully expressive almost Margaux style, total opposite to Las Cases. Drink 2017-2030.

  • 17.5/20 Bettane & Desseauve

    Intense color, classic nose with notes of graphite and cedar, remarkable density of matter, perfectly civilized but firm tannin, great future, magnificent wine!

  • 17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

    Drink 2018-2032 Smallest Ducru harvest in the last 25 years, with 25% of the fruit that appeared in April/May eliminated. A vintage Bruno Borie likens to Nicole Kidman (cf Beyoncé in 2009). 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. 95% new oak. pH 3.6. Deep dark cherry crimson. Seductive fruit on the nose. Warm and dry and the tannins have great finesse and zero dryness. Puts the many dry Margaux tasted this morning into perspective. Dense but really supple and has a juicy flourish on the finish. Long. And very pure cassis through the middle. (JH) 13.1%

  • 17.5/20 La Revue du Vin de France

    The castle imposes its class and its elegance, with a magnificent extraction of the material which expresses a delicate fruitiness, a touch of ultra silky tannins. One of the most refined wines of the vintage. Well done!

  • 17/20 Le Point

    Red fruits, elegant fresh mouth, tonic, fresh fruit, elegant, fond, tense, serious, very beautiful fruit. O = 2018 G = 15 years

  • 95 Tim Atkin
  • 18/20 Vinum Wine Magazine
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