La Croix de Beaucaillou - Saint-Julien 2009
(2nd wine of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou)
Varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot (average age of vines 35 years)
Ageing: Average of 12 months in French oak barrels (60% are new, 40% one-vintage old)
This dark violet wine presents aromas of dark fruits, specially brambleberries and blackberries. In the mouth, it develops an imposing structure. Its fruit and freshness are buttressed by deep, but round and silky, tannins. Croix de Beaucaillou 2009 is a formidably sensual wine.
The 75 hectares of the Ducru Beaucaillou are characterized by gravel from the Garonne, the vineyards hug the river in the area where the quaternary gravels are the deepest. The stones have many advantages, enhancing soil drainage, reflecting the sun on the grapes. The topography and geology of the terroir of Ducru Beaucaillou is quite remarkable in many respects and ideally suited to the production of great wines.
The origins of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou date back to 1720. Perched on an exceptional site with incomparable views over the Gironde estuary, in the centre of a hundred-year-old park, Ducru-Beaucaillou is a majestic, Victorian-style castle, which has, over time, become one of the great symbols of the Médoc. Today, the estate is managed by the company Jean Eugène Borie SA, which is owned by Mrs Borie, her daughter Sabine Coiffe and her son Bruno-Eugène, CEO since 2003, the third generation of the Borie family to head the estate.