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Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint Julien


Location: Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is a magnificent sight overlooking the Gironde. (Appellation Saint Julien Controlée)


Size: 112 acres producing 12,000 to 19,000 cases.


Classification: Second growth in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc


Grape variety: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.


History: The name, given by the former owner Monsieur Ducru, literally and appropriately means "beautiful pebbles". The chief feature of the vineyard is its richness in the pebbles, or "cailloux" which contribute to the greatness of so many wines of the Medoc. This gravel, about 5 meters deep, is on a calcareous base of about the same thickness.

Just before the war, the vineyard became run down and many Bordeaux critics felt it no longer deserved its place as a second growth. In 1942 the Borie family purchased the vineyard and raised it to heights that it had never known before, receiving top ratings amongst the Second Growths.  Successive generations of the Borie family oversee all winemaking operations.


Vinification and aging: Traditional vinification methods apply, the wine is aged 20 months in barrels of which half are replaced annually.


Style: Supple yet full-bodied, a typically fine Saint Julien that needs 8-10 years to reveal its rich and fruity, elegant flavors of cassis, vanilla and ripe blackberries.


Food: Excellent with grilled steak and all red meat dishes.


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33250 St.-Julien-Beychevelle Pauillac
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