2009 Saint-Julien 2e Cru Classe from Bordeaux
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou's name refers to gorgeous, large rocks on its unique terroir. The vineyard is located at the heart of a centennial park with stunning view of Gironde estuary. The 2009 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot.
The vintage from Saint-Julien appellation boasts intense purple hue. The nose reveals rich fragrances of very ripe black fruit with hints of cedar. The palate offers thick and luscious structure, with dense, smooth, and creamy tannins. This 2e Cru Classe from Bordeaux carries superb freshness and bursting fruits. The finish has feline grace and remarkable persistence.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou will eclipse the brilliant wines produced in 2005, 2003 and 2000. It will be interesting to see how the 2009 fares against the 2010 after twenty years of aging, but my money is on the 2009. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, this inky purple, unctuous wine possesses classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, blueberries, violets, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied and intense with Ducru's inimitable elegance and purity, it should firm up in the bottle after 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 40-50 years. Magnificent!