2014 Ducru Beaucaillou

Ducru Beaucaillou

96Average Score
Red
2020-2054
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Scores & Notes
Average Score
96
Drinking window
2020-2054
Critic Notes

Fabulous aromas of crushed berries such as blackberries and blackcurrants, not to mention spices. Wet earth and cedar, too. Complex. Full-bodied, yet agile and complete. A dense center palate. Ultra-round tannins. Everything in the right balance. Wonderful to taste but better to drink in 2022. Feb 2017, www.jamessuckling.com

Score: 99-/100James Suckling

One of the wines of the vintage, layers and layers of liquorice, graphite, cigar box, incredible deep cassis, this has such tension, this is pure suppressed power, and will run and run, zero drop in the mid palate, a beautiful slow build, one layer gently building on top of the next. Feb 2017, Jane Anson, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2020-2040

Score: 97-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2020-2040

The 2014 Ducru Beaucaillou showed extremely well when I tasted it with Bruno Borie during en primeur. Now in bottle, it delivers on that promise with beautifully defined blackberry and raspberry fruit infused with cedar and pencil box aromas. Quintessentially Saint Julien. The palate is very well defined with fine tannin, pitch-perfect acidity, a palpable sense of energy and frisson from start to finish that delivers plenty of tobacco-infused fruit. It is not the perfection-flirting legend that I have read elsewhere; it is just a damn good Saint Julien that is going to drink beautifully over the next 25 to 30 years. Mar 2017, www.robertparker.com

Score: 96-/100Neal Martin

One of the more powerful wines for the year, the 2014 Ducru-Beaucaillou surprises with its sheer concentration. A blast of dark cherry, crème de cassis, mocha, spice and chocolate makes a strong opening statement. Super-ripe, voluptuous and opulent, the wine possesses off-the-charts depth and richness. Ducru remains the most opulent and flamboyant of the 2014 Saint-Juliens. While some 2014s have faded a bit over the last two years, Ducru has barely budged. I imagine it will be many years before the 2014 starts drinking well. Proprietor Bruno Borie gave it 18 months in 100 % new French oak. Feb 2017, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2024-2054

Score: 95-/100Antonio GalloniDrinking Window: 2024-2054

This is opulent, with layers of warmed fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture that loll along, yet are kept going by a graphite note that is well-buried throughout. Alluring black tea, singed mesquite and bittersweet cocoa accents add to the panache. A head-turner. Mar 2017, www.winespectator.com, Drink: 2020-2040

Score: 95-/100Wine SpectatorDrinking Window: 2020-2040
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Julien
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13.5%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2020-2054
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Julien
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13.5%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2020-2054
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