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Ducru Beaucaillou 2009

Ducru-Beaucaillou

Case Format: 1x150cl

Silky tannins embrace a fruity, rounded palate in the Château Ducru Beaucaillou’s first wine. Benefitting from its proximity to the Gironde River estuary, this estate experiences a unique microclimate where harsh winters and scorching summers are usually regulated. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou owes its name to its ‘Beaux Caillous’ or beautiful pebbles, which pays homage to the Gunzian gravel that decorates the Ducru-Beaucaillou’s terroir. Its 50 hectares of vineyards comprise Cabernet Sauvignon (c.65%), Merlot (c.25%), Cabernet Franc (c.5%) and Petit Verdot (c.5%). Requiring around a decade of bottle ageing before reaching its maximum potential, Ducru-Beaucaillou present a pleasing wine that will continue to develop from strength to strength.

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Jeb Dunnuck

Starting a duo of magical vintages, the 2009 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of those wines that always seems to deliver the goods. A normal blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that hit 13.5% natural alcohol, it has a soaring bouquet of sweet blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, minty herbs, graphite, and assorted spicy nuances. Its full-bodied, broad, expansive, and flawlessly balanced, and has still present yet sweet, fine-grained tannins. Its in a much sexier, more showy style compared to the 2010, but I suspect it will nevertheless be just about as long-lived. This is pure perfection in wine.

17++
Richard Hemming MW

Very shy nose, just a little blackcurrant essence escaping at present. A few strips of liquorice, perhaps. Relaxed and balanced and smooth, with long aromatic intensity on the finish; yet the complexity seems pretty restricted. The fruit is savoury and appetising, the balance is exquisite with lovely chalky tannins, and long but not overwhelming concentration. Close to being ready, but will need longer to reach full potential. (RH)

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