64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
The nose si fruity, fine, elegant and offers concentration as well as freshness. It reveals notes of ripe/fresh cassis, ripe/fresh blue berries and small notes of red fruits associated with fine touches of violet as well as hints of mentholed liquorice and very discreet hints of Sichuan pepper. The palate is fruity, fresh, mineral, well-balanced, elegant and offers a beautiful definition, a beautiful finesse, a beautiful gourmandize as well as a ripe/juicy fruit. On the palate this wine expresses otes of juicy/fleshy blackberry, red berries, ripe/juicy redcurrant and small notes of ripe/crunchy wild strawberry associated with fine touches of flowers, mentholed liquorice, very discreet hints of tonka bean, caramelization and an imperceptible hint of vanilla pod (in the background). Tannins are elegant, structuring and finely firm. There is a hint of cardamom on the persistence.
A mix of well-structured tannins and bright acidity contrast with the perfectly ripe fruits in this beautifully balanced wine. The wine’s richness is impressive and will ensure a long life.
Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and blackcurrant with violet and lavender, following through to a full body with very fine tannins and a creamy, beautifully caressing texture. Like the chocolate, walnut and berry aftertaste. Second wine of Ducru. Drink after 2025. (Jamessuckling.com)
This ripe, opulent beauty boasts a dense purple color to go with a sexy, full-bodied style showing loads of blackcurrants, cassis, spice, candied violet, and tobacco-like aromas and flavors. Plush, full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, this is one big, sumptuous Saint-Julien that’s going to evolve for 15-20 years or more. (3/16/2021)
Just as it was en primeur, the 2018 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is rich, sensual and enveloping. Silky tannins wrap around a core of blackberry jam, chocolate, spice, lavender and new leather. All the elements are so well balanced in this sumptuous, racy Saint-Julien. A warm growing season yielded small berries and heady, concentrated flavors. This is such a gorgeous wine. (3/31/2021)
The floral notes and touch of spice add a lot to the soft medium/full-bodied wine. The fruit is ripe, sweet and fresh with good energy, richness, lift and length, finishing with soft, polished, ripe, red fruits that linger. If you can wait, give it a few years of cellaring before popping a cork and enjoy it over the next 12-15 years. (3/16/2021)
The solid core of kirsch and plum sauce flavors is laced with apple wood and graphite notes. Direct and well-built.
Deep garnet-purple colored, it rolls effortlessly out of the glass with vibrant notes of crushed blueberries, baked plums and blackcurrant cordial with hints of bouquet garni and clove oil. Not a second wine as such, because it comes from a dedicated part of the vineyard, the blocks for La Croix de Beaucaillou are generally located on the south bank of the La Mouline steam. (3/31/2021)
The 2018 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou has a seductive though almost understated bouquet that bides its time, unfolding to reveal black cherries, menthol and hints of fennel and clove. There is something reassuringly complex about this Deuxième Vin. The palate is vibrant and lively on the entry, retaining the vitality and vigor it showed en primeur. Succulent ripe tannins belie the structure of this La Croix de Beaucaillou, which delivers an engaging saline finish. (3/12/2021)
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