Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2016: a sensual Saint-Julien
A 2nd Classified Growth of 1855, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is a red wine produced in the Saint-Julien appellation. The vineyard is planted on Günzian gravel. The wine is aged for 18 months on average in new oak barrels. The 2016 vintage of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou blends 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot.
This vintage was blessed by a beautiful Indian summer. After a warm, dry summer with rain arriving at the right time in mid-September, the harvest took place from September 24th to October 14th.
At tasting, the Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2016 displays a purple color, dark and deep. The nose combines purity, subtlety and delicacy, releasing aromas of fruits and flowers (violet). On aeration, there are notes of dry black ink and graphite (due to the gravelly soil). The wine reveals sensuality on the palate, along with an elegant, juicy, precise and tasty character. The Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2016 offers fruity (blackberries), toasted (mocha, licorice), spicy and woody flavors. On the finish, this charming wine boasts a long persistence. A Ducru-Beaucaillou of absolute density and elegance.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot cropped at 36 hectoliters per hectare between 24 September and 14 October and matured in 100% new oak barrels (for a total of 18 months). The alcohol level comes in at 13.63% with a pH of 3.71. The bouquet is very closed at first, and so I aerated the Grand Vin by transferring from one glass to another. It gradually unfurls to reveal scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm backbone cloaked in layers of black fruit. The new oak is probably more present here than some of its peers, but there is more than sufficient substance to absorb that. The mineralité surfaces right towards the persistent finish, completing what is a Ducru Beaucaillou built for the long term.