Le Petit Ducru de Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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A newcomer to the Ducru-Beaucaillou stable, Le Petit Ducru wine was formerly called Lalande-Borie. It is essentially a third wine, coming from part of the vineyard of Ducru-Beaucaillou. The 2018 Le Petit Ducru is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged for 12 months in barrel, in one-third new oak. It has an alcohol of 14.5%. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with wonderfully pure scents of black and red currants, black raspberries and mulberries plus suggestions of tobacco leaf, bay leaves and fertile loam. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling juicy black fruits flavors with soft tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.
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The tannins are solid, concentrated and powerfully intense. The acidity is astonishing and bright, powering the black currant flavor forward. The wine is precise and beautifully structured.
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Juicy and inviting in feel, with blueberry and blackberry compote flavors. Shows a good bolt of singed mesquite through the finish. On the showy side and very tasty. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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A red with lots of blackberry and currant aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins and a salty finish. Minerally.
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It is hard to find a better value in the Left Bank than Lalande-Borie. Forward, open, ripe and already expressing its fruity side, the flowery, sweet, earthy red fruits and soft, round textures with just a hint of licorice and smoke really hits the spot. The wine blends 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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La robe est noire et le vin est dense et souple avec de jolies notes de mûres et d’épices et une bonne finale. Derrière cette façade, le vin est compact, assez épicé. Rendement de 35 hl/ha, la perte étant due plutôt par évaporation.
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This newcomer is a selection from our Saint-Julien vineyards. An affective and instructive name that already informs amateurs about its positioning and its ambitions. LE PETIT DUCRU is therefore an introduction to the Borie label, a courteous invitation to approach the qualities of its elders Ducru-Beaucaillou and La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou; from its complexity to its structure, passing through its balance and elegance. There is of course a family resemblance, a beautiful connivance between the three nectars. They know what they have in common: rigorous technical training, drastic selection, demanding winemaking. Here, the barrel aging lasts 12 months with 1/3 of new wood. A Cabernet-Merlot blend, with sometimes, depending on the vintage, a touch of Petit Verdot, this grape variety which we know is a skilled carver.

A nod also to the history of the estate, precisely to one of the former owners, Bertrand Ducru (1770-1829), a brilliant merchant of Bearn origin who has had an international career.Powerful, established, he bought the property in 1797 (16 Vendémiaire year 6) and added his surname to that of the site which then became "Ducru-Beaucaillou". He asked the architect Paul Abadie (Ecole des Beaux-Artsde Paris) to magnify the elegant charterhouse charter, but above all he invests heavily in vineyards and the winery. The wines quickly rose to the summits of the appellation and Ducru-Beaucaillou obtained unanimous recognition from the Place de Bordeaux, which later enshrined him in the 1855 classification.

LE PETIT DUCRU is a wine of balance and harmony. A makeover. He is there, welcoming, at the rendezvous of pleasure. Accessible from his earliest youth, an uninhibited to the chaplinesque playfulness.

He will be a happy commensal at the restaurant. He will marry in just marriage with a poultry; it will curtsey to its crisp, reddish skin and will envelop it with its steaming tannins. LE PETIT DUCRU has the taste of Sundays.

Above all, he has a taste for friendship.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    35 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    33% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Saint-Julien is made with a vineyard that has an area of 35 hectares by Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 33% of new barrels.


The A.O.C Saint-Julien (968 hectares) was formalized in 1936. Located between Pauillac and Margaux both geographically and in style, it is one of the smallest Medoc appellation but the most consistent in quality. 18 active producers including 11 Classified Growths.
The appellation extends over 4.8 kilometers long by 3.2 kilometers wide and offers wines whose tannins have an incomparable finesse. What characterizes Saint-Julien is the terroir and the micro-climate. The terroir is a subtle blend between the contributions of stony alluvium from the Garonne and those from the Dordogne. The contributions therefore from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. You should know that this agglomeration of rocks slowly broken then spread over the millennia is an exceptional case.