Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)

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James Suckling
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Jeb Dunnuck
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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Jane Anson
SKU
CDBU202010 UCAU
$480.00 Per item
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Cabernet Sauvignon 81%, Merlot 19% This is a wonderful wine to mark Ducru-Beaucaillou’s 300th vintage. The hedonism of 2018 and the aromatic intensity of ’19 are present here, but with greater definition and toned musculature. Bruno Borie calls it “more athletic than sexy”. Initially, the wine is compact and defined. The bouquet starts with rose, transitions to black cherry, then blackberry, which then metamorphoses to cigar. It’s beautifully layered and with a voluptuous sense of crème de cassis, though alcohol is only 13.5%. The tannins are superb, both driving and supporting the wine. This is like a Pauillac in structure but St Julien in generosity.
Cabernet Sauvignon 81%, Merlot 19% This is a wonderful wine to mark Ducru-Beaucaillou’s 300th vintage. The hedonism of 2018 and the aromatic intensity of ’19 are present here, but with greater definition and toned musculature. Bruno Borie calls it “more athletic than sexy”. Initially, the wine is compact and defined. The bouquet starts with rose, transitions to black cherry, then blackberry, which then metamorphoses to cigar. It’s beautifully layered and with a voluptuous sense of crème de cassis, though alcohol is only 13.5%. The tannins are superb, both driving and supporting the wine. This is like a Pauillac in structure but St Julien in generosity.

Scores & Reviews

99 / 100

James Suckling

Really perfumed and complex with blackberries, blackcurrants and flowers. Gorgeous cabernet sauvignon character. Full-bodied with really fine, polished tannins. Superb length and intensity. Very compact and seamless. Ethereal. Just goes on and on.

99 / 100

Jeb Dunnuck

A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, brought up in new oak, the 2020 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou offers a gorgeously pure nose of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed stone, toasty oak, and lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, it reminds me of a hypothetical mix of the 2010 and 2016, offering serious concentration paired with a gorgeous sense of precision and purity. It's going to take a decade of cellaring to hit the early stages of maturity (it will have some up-front appeal if you're interested) yet evolve for 50 years or more. Along with the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, it might be the wine of the vintage from the Médoc.

97 / 100

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Wow. This is very chalky and salty with lots of mineral character. It shows lots of purple fruit and firm tannins. Racy and bright. Chewy yet fine tannins. Gorgeous. Gets better and better.

98 / 100

Jane Anson

An amazing Ducru, one of the wines of the vintage. Hugely persistent, chiselled and precise, yet succulent in its berry and cassis fruit character. The slate and pencil lead finish slows things down and grabs hold of you, I love the push-and-pull of the tannins. Always a confident and well-finessed wine, really flexing its muscles in 2020. 100% new oak barrels. 3.83pH.