2014 Saint-Julien, 2e Cru Classe, Bordeaux
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is located on the edge of the Gironde estuary. This Saint-Julien is one of the greatest symbols of the Medoc. This 2014 is 90% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.
The wine displays a deep garnet colour. The nose reveals a truly refines bouquet, typical of this wine, composed of cedar notes on attack. The 2014 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou then develops on pepper aromas enhanced by vanilla hints. On aeration, fine spices with blackcurrant notes appear. On the palate, this Saint-Julien is lush with good grained tannins and much binder. The wine offers good freshness and great purity. The finish possesses exceptional persistence and wonderful elegance.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.