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#5 - 2010 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux

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Excellent terrain gives every Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou strong mineral overtones. The rocky soil allows water to drain easily without a need for artificial irrigation, letting the grapes slowly build in flavor. This is one of the only estates in the world in which the winemakers literally live on top of their cellar, constantly refining every bottle. The Borie family have lived and made wine on this property for the past 60 years, building their estate into one with a fine Deuxièmes Crus rating. They are best known for producing wines that last at least 40 years.

Their blend is Cabernet Sauvignon heavy, with 90 percent of the grand vin consisting of this varietal. The estate uses at least 50 percent new oak, and focuses on clean flavors. The family fines the wine with egg whites, then further filters each batch before bottling it.

James Suckling gave the 2010 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou a perfect score, largely due to the year's especially strong backbone. The 10 percent Merlot blend coupled with a 95 percent new oak aging process gave this vintage more structure than any other estate in Saint Julien that year.