Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2013 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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92.0 sur 100 based on 10 Average rating of the Experts

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Score dans le Guide Parker
Robert Parker
Score de René Gabriel
René Gabriel
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Gault et Millau
Score de Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer
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Wine Spectator
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Bettane et Desseauve
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James Suckling
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Via Vinum
Score de The Wine Insider
Jeff Leve

Magnifique couleur, concentration remarquable pour un millésime pas si facile, tanins d'une finesse remarquable, bonne structure, grande longueur, et toujours des notes épicées si séduisantes qui le caractérisent. Un "must" de 2013, et un domaine qui prouve une nouvelle fois qu'il a sa place dans l'élite du Bordelais.
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Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2013 Ducru Beaucaillou has an open and generous bouquet that deserves applause considering the growing season. Dark berry fruit, tar and undergrowth scents, even after a couple of years you could considering opening a bottle. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin, silky smooth and dare I say, almost Burgundy-like towards the finish that shows no signs of any greenness. Considering the challenges of the vintage, Bruno Borie should consider this a success. I would drink this over the next decade. Tasted December 2016.
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Very suave from the start, with ample singed spice and black tea aromas giving way to alluring plum coulis and blackberry confiture flavors. The finish is polished but hardly shy on depth, as a lingering alder edge adds spine. Sneakily long, this marks a deft handling of the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2028.
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2013 est d’un soyeux ultime, avec un corps intense et longiligne. Finale aux tanins d’un très bel éclat
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Un Ducru soyeux
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Fresh, forward and charming, while it lacks the complexity and power experienced in the best vintages, there is a richness here that is quite impressive for a 2013 wine. The sweet, ripe, plums and cassis are right there where you need them. This is a vintage of Ducru Beaucaillou to drink early in life while you wait for the bigger, more powerful years too age and develop.
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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.

On a gravel rump of Günz 

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.


L’élevage which lasts about 18-20 months, is carried out in keeping with the Médoc tradition of the Grands Crus classé with a racking every 3 months and a collage with egg white or albumen which comes before the last racking.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
  • Type of wine
    Second Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    75 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    60% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2022 and 2033
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Saint-Julien is made with a vineyard that has an area of 75 hectares by Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. The average age of the vines is 35 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 60% 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.