Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Spectator
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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2017

Product description

Deep, dark purple. A stunning and tight bouquet, very compact, opens with airing to give a delicate fruit with floral notes and a touch of violet. Later, after swirling, there is a touch of graphite. The palate is juicy, tasty, and supported by a delicate freshness. A captivating wine; with a lot of body, very high standard, and extraordinary length. A very academic construction.

98 Points - James Suckling

Attractive, intense aromas of ripe blueberries, currants and more savoury, tarry notes, iodine, violets and cassis. The palate has a supple and succulent feel. This is cabernet in outright seductive mode, offering such fluid tannins and mouth-filling length. Drink or hold.

98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

One of the wines of the vintage in the Medoc, the 2017 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, comes from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot from tiny yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. It is brought up in new barrels and offers stunning notes of pure creme de cassis, unsmoked tobacco, lead pencil, and crushed rocks. Showing a touch of spring flowers with air, full-bodied richness and depth, superb tannin quality, and a laser-like level of precision and purity, it will need a decade of cellaring yet will have 40-50 years of prime drinking. Hats off to proprietor Bruno Borie for another magical wine. 

96 Points - Decanter

A little less intense and concentrated than the 2016, this focuses more on rich, smoky, finessed aromatics. The overall feel is gourmet and well-textured, with some welcoming rich spice. A serious contender for the top St Julien in 2017, this has wonderfully fleshy blackberry fruits, a screech of graphite adding mineral overtones, and a great dash of grilled oak. 7,500 cases of Ducru this year instead of 10,000 weren't affected by frost, but the Cabernets were less generous this year, down to around 30hl/ha. This is accomplished winemaking with great energy and poise. 100% new oak. 3.79pH.

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Deep purple-black, the 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou slowly unfurls to reveal beautifully fragrant notes of warm kirsch, wild blueberries, fresh red and black currants and violets with wafts of underbrush and Earl Grey tea. Medium-bodied, the palate has great freshness and elegance, with very well-played, plush tannins and bags of perfumed fruit, finishing on a lingering spicy note. The wine was aged 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. 

96 Points - Vinous

The 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou is racy, deep and luxuriously beautiful. In 2017, Ducru was very red-fruited and floral, with tons of inner sweetness and nuance to match its great, exotic personality. Mint, spice, chocolate and licorice accents add character as the 2017 gains brightness, aromatic purity and detail with a bit of air. Bruno Borie gave the 2017 18 months in 100% new oak. Along with Beychevelle, Ducru is the most dazzling wine in Saint-Julien. 

96 Points - Wine Enthusiast

While the dense and dark tannins are prominent, they can't mask the exuberant fruit that wants to burst out. Blackberry flavours are impressively ripe and rich, shot through with acidity that gives the wine salinity and freshness. At the back, those tannins will allow the wine to age over many years. 

96 Points - Wine Spectator

This has a warm and inviting feel, with mocha, Christmas pudding and blackberry and plum compote aromas and flavours flowing through atop fleshy, velvety structure. There's a graphite edge along with some alluring spice accents, and this stays polished and lengthy in the end.