Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2014

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2014

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Once part of the Beychevelle estate, it takes part of the name from the rocks found in the vineyards. Beau = Beautiful and caillou = stones. It was sold to Betrand Ducru in 1795 and he added his name to the estate. The Ducru family sold it in 1866 for the wife of a Bordeaux wine merchant. She died 2 years later. Nathaniel Johnson (the widower) remarried the daughter of Prince Constantine of Turkey and began to expand the Chateau itself. The economic crash of 1292 forced the Johnson family to sell the chateau to another Wine merchant family, the Desbarats. 12 years later, Francis Borie purchased the estate and it remains in the family ever since. Today Bruno Borie runs the estate plus a couple of other family properties.
The property is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30%Merlot. Severe parcel selection has reduced the amount of the Chateau Beaucaillou produced each year. In the 1980s, they produced 20,000 to 25,000 cases and currently the only produce 9,000 to 11,000 cases.
Wine Spectator: 95
Opulent, with layers of warmed fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture that loll along, yet are kept going by a terrific graphite note that is well-buried throughout. Alluring black tea, singed mesquite and bittersweet cocoa accents add to the panache. A head-turner. Best from 2020 through 2040.
Wine Advocate: 96
The 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou showed extremely well when I tasted it with Bruno Borie during en primeur. Now in bottle, it delivers on that promise with beautifully defined blackberry and raspberry fruit infused with cedar and pencil box aromas. Quintessentially Saint Julien. The palate is very well defined with fine tannin, pitch-perfect acidity, a palpable sense of energy and frisson from start to finish that delivers plenty of tobacco-infused fruit. It is not the perfection-flirting legend that I have read elsewhere; it is just a damn good Saint Julien that is going to drink beautifully over the next 25 to 30 years.
Decanter: 97
One of the wines of the vintage, layers and layers of liquorice, graphite, cigar box, incredible deep cassis, this has such tension, this is pure suppressed power, and will run and run, zero drop in the mid palate, a beautiful slow build, one layer gently building on top of the next.
Wine Enthusiast: 96
This powerful wine has a superb mix of the crispest fruit and great structure. Blackberries and black currants shine through the tannins, expressing the liveliness of the vintage. It is so well delineated with everything in its place. The wine is certainly going to age for decades. Drink from 2027. Cellar Selection
James Suckling: 99
Fabulous aromas of crushed berries such as blackberries and blackcurrants, not to mention spices. Wet earth and cedar, too. Complex. Full-bodied, yet agile and complete. A dense center palate. Ultra-round tannins. Everything in the right balance. Wonderful to taste but better to drink in 2022.