2nd wine of the famous Château Ducru Beaucaillou (2nd Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. This is a delicious drinking wine that can be drunk on its own or over a weekend BBQ. Medium bodied with medium+ tannins. Those who enjoy wines from Saint Julien AOC will revel in this.
The classy looking label also makes it a good wine gift for friends and customers.
We have had many Ducru Beaucaillou wines (the Grand Vin) and must admit that they truly justify their strong reputation as one of the top St. Julien wines with power and finesse. Their wines are highly priced nowadays so to drink their 2nd wine makes good sense.
Variety: Merlot blend
Region: St. Julien, Bordeaux
'The 2017 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is loaded with dark stone fruit, grilled herb, lavender and torrefaction notes. Powerful and dense, with serious richness. In 2017 La Croix is built on a core of Merlot rather than Cabernet, which likely accounts for the wine's rich mid-palate and fleshy feel. The blend is 58% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot.' Vinous 90-93 pts
'Displaying a deep garnet-purple color, the 2017 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou Cuvée Colbert gives up chocolate-covered cherries, violets and crème de cassis aromas with hints of fragrant soil and black tea. The palate is medium-bodied, finely crafted, firm and refreshing with grainy tannins and a fruity finish.' Robert Parker 90-92 pts
'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.' Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com 89-91 pts