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2020 Ducru Beaucaillou

By Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

2020 Ducru Beaucaillou from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, St-Julien, Bordeaux

In a vintage that will undoubtedly be chronicled for its climatic anomalies and adaptive viticulture, the 2020 Ducru Beaucaillou from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou stands as a testament to the enduring brilliance of St-Julien terroir. Nurtured under the vigilant care of Bruno Borie, this vintage encapsulates a narrative of precision viticulture triumphing amidst capricious weather patterns.

 

A Vintage Defying Expectations

The 2020 growing season in Bordeaux presented a climatological tapestry woven with an early bud break, an anomalously warm spring, followed by a dry summer which threatened to strain the vines. Yet, it was within this very crucible that the 2020 Ducru Beaucaillou was masterfully crafted. A late-season respite with judicious rain and cooler temperatures ushered in a balanced ripening phase, enabling the wine to achieve a harmony between concentrated fruit and poised acidity.

 

Terrain and Timing: The Pillars of Excellence

Essence of blackcurrant and ripe plum dance harmoniously with subtle undertones of graphite—a characteristic minerality contributed by the deep gravel beds unique to this Left Bank estate. The 2020 Ducru Beaucaillou carries the hallmark elegance of its lineage; refined tannins and an opulent bouquet are interlaced with strokes of spice and tobacco, befitting its noble heritage. Remarkably approachable in its youth, this wine also promises substantial ageing potential—for those patient investors who understand the virtue of time.

Aligned for investment, this vintage not only offers immediate gratification to connoisseurs but also serves as an alluring portfolio cornerstone with an anticipated ascent in value. Amidst an ever-shifting oenological landscape, the 2020 Ducru Beaucaillou emerges as a paragon of adaptation and excellence from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou.

 

Concluding Notes on a Vinous Virtuoso

The 2020 vintage from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, St-Julien is one that finely exhibits the symphony of climatic challenges orchestrated into a masterpiece through sagacious winemaking. A compelling choice for both palate and portfolio, the 2020 Ducru Beaucaillou renews our appreciation for Bordeaux’s adaptive finesse in a year that afforded no room for error. Indisputably, it epitomises the resilience and artistry intrinsic to St-Julien's revered quilts of vines.

Current market price

$2,520.00

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

94.38

Scores and tasting notes

95-97

The 2020 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, aging for approximately 18 months in 100% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.83, 13.5% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 90. Opaque purple-black colored, the nose slowly unfurls to reveal tantalizing scents of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of chocolate mint, star anise, red roses and unsmoked cigars with a waft of cedar chest. The medium-bodied palate delivers impactful, muscular black fruits with a firm frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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