2004 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 93   WS 92   IWC 90(+?)   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

One can't say enough about the efforts Bruno Borie is pouring into this wonderful estate that I have often called the "Lafite Rothschild of St.-Julien." An undeniable success, the 2004 Ducru boasts sweet aromas of creme de cassis, spring flowers, pain grille, licorice, and road tar. This pure, medium-bodied wine possesses moderately high tannin, superb concentration, good sweetness, and low acidity. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25 years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 171

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberry and currant. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is a Ducru with reserve and lots of finesse. 15,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($63-$85) Deep ruby-red. Reticent nose hints at violet, menthol and spicy oak. Sweet and lush on entry, then broad and classically dry in the middle, with slightly edgy acidity currently dominating the wine's precise berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with serious, broad tannins that reach the incisors. This is long but the 2006 is longer.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: GerryC
Trust Rating: 50
Tasted On: 11/30/2010
Drink Dates: 2010

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Rating: 96
Author: rnorberto
Trust Rating: 79
Tasted On: 12/20/2012

Rating: 93
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 02/27/2010

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Rating: 87
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation This wine was surprising and certainly disappointing. Although it was seemingly made from ripe fruit and certainly a wonderful terroir, the texture was flaccid and almost too milky & creamy, as if the malolactic was poorly managed. Even the blackberry jam aromas and flavors were simply overwhelmed by the array of cloying milk chocolate mess and in desperate need of verve and complexity. The promising cedar edge that struck me on the finish lead me to believe that this sample was either not representative, or simply in a disjointed evolutionary stage. I hesitate to assess.

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Average rating: 90, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1932 bottles owned by 479 collectors.

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About This Producer


Located in the appellation of Saint-Julien, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named for the beautiful large stones and pebbles that cover the vineyard. These stones create ideal grape-growing conditions, as they aid in drainage, reflect sun onto the vines, and keep the ground from drying out. These conditions create the "typical" Saint-Julien wine - elegant and smooth, with a long finish. The outstanding structure of these wines gives them great aging potential as well.

The Borie family has owned the estate for the past 60 years, and still lives in the chateau. The chateau itself is unusual for Bordeaux because the house was built directly over the cellar, which means the family lives literally surrounded by their wines. The estate's second wine is called La Croix de Beaucaillou.

See other similar producers: Chateau Pape Clement, Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Leoville Poyferre

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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