La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou 2017 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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This is not a second wine per se, as it consistently comes from a separate vineyard in Saint-Julien. The blend is usually around 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, but this year it has a high percentage of Merlot: 58%, with 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 La Croix de Beaucaillou has quite a spicy nose sporting cloves, anise, black pepper and fenugreek with a core of crushed blackberries and black currants plus wafts of underbrush and potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and great freshness supporting the vivacious fruit, finishing long and earthy.
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Inviting, featuring crushed loganberry and plum fruit flavors, mixed with warm anise and black tea notes. A solid graphite spine runs through the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2030. 10,000 cases made.
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Created in 1995, this second wine first developed with young vines or vats not selected for the Grand Vin. With time the yields have decreased, and the permanent quest for quality increase of the Grand Vin (often cited as the best cabernet in the world) has led the field to switch more and more interesting lots of quality and old vines. to the cross in order to keep only the best of the best for the first wine.

In 2010 and to confirm the cross as a full-fledged Grand Vin, the Borie family decided to launch a new label signed by Jade Jagger. We are no longer talking about young vines but 35 hectares delimited from the original vineyard, with some fabulous parcels acquired over time from neighbors with exceptional terroirs (in Saint-Julien, 11/17 producers in activity in 2016 are Crus-Classés, the terroir is certainly the most homogeneous in Bordeaux quality). We find parcels of Croix de Beaucaillou, both next to the large cross of the main domain (between Beychevelle and Saint-Julien), and on the back of Saint-Julien, between Léoville-Poyferré, Talbot, Léoville-Barton and Pauillac. Vines often old and with exceptional terroir. The base of the wine is exceptional, and the potential is fully exploited thanks to motivated teams and exceptional resources in the cellars and in the organization. We feel since the 2010 vintage a real change of style. It retains the spicy and silky side, retains the finesse and elegance, but the structure of the wine, the length in the mouth, and the precision have progressed considerably, placing in fact La Croix de Beaucaillou at the level of the best second wines of the Bordeaux.

Domain History

The history of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is closely linked to that of the five families who have owned it and who have lived permanently since its construction in 1720. Ranked second in 1855 among the only 61 great red wines of Bordeaux retained in the famous prize list, it is the property of the Borie family for more than 60 years. Today, while many large Bordeaux chateaux are owned by far-flung conglomerates or often absent owners, the Borie family lives in the field on a daily basis and continues, with the loyal and passionate team that surrounds them, to mark their footprint this reputed area.

Turned towards the Gironde estuary

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, whose origins date back to the beginning of the 18th century, owes its name to the 'beautiful pebbles' that characterize its terroir and whose exceptional wine-making advantages are reflected in the finesse and elegance of the wines it offers. produce. Is the
title of this terroir that Ducru-Beaucaillou is often considered the quintessence, the very archetype of the appellation contrôlée Saint-Julien. This is one of the 14 second ranked crus in the 1855 ranking which includes 62 of the 75 most beautiful wines of Bordeaux and one of the few to belong to the category of "super seconds". Château Ducru-Beaucaillou and the vineyards that surround it are perched on a magnificent Médoc site with breathtaking views of the Gironde estuary, which, with a width of 6 km here, acts as a powerful climate moderator. It is one of the only castles in the Bordeaux region that is built directly on the cellars and one of the few to be permanently occupied by its owners. For more than sixty years, Ducru-Beaucaillou has belonged to the Borie family, today incorporated into a public limited company of Monique Borie, her daughter Sabine Coiffe and her son Bruno-Eugène who runs it.

The benefits of pebbles are many, including

  •     promote soil drainage,
  •     reflect the sun on clusters in these tightly planted vineyards,
  •     store the daytime heat to retrocede it at night,
  •     form a protective mat that limits the desiccation of soils during hot summers etc.

The vision of assembly at Ducru-Beaucaillou encompasses two objectives of equal importance: quality and uniformity.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
  • Type of wine
    Second wine
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    35 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    75% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2037
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Second wine) 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 15 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 75% 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.