2007 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien

SKU #1054000 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A structured wine, with generous ripe and rich fruits, spice and tannins. It has elegance, but also good concentrated bitter chocolate, black berry juice and final refreshing acidity.  (4/ 2010)

Wine Spectator

 Faint aromas of currant and sultana lead to a medium body, with delicate tannins and a medium finish.  (3/ 2010)

K&L Notes

This wine was quite sweet on the palate. Lots of black fruit flavors even though it has quite a bit of cabernet in the blend. This is a very good second wine. Toasty oak aromas lead to the palate. Clyde loves this wine's Asian spice aromas and flavors.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/4/2012  | Send Email
This was one of my favorite wines of the vintage from one of my absolute favorite producers. This is the second wine of second-growth Chateau Ducru-Beaucailloux and it's a real winner. Soft, supple fruit with that classic mineral note from the heavy clay soil. The 2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou was $340 a bottle.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/1/2012  | Send Email
The second wine of Ducru is still showing lots of oak spice on the nose, but the palate has opened up showing plenty of currant and black cherry with a soft mouth feel. The tannins are very fine and show only a touch of astringency. The black cherry and spice linger on the finish.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.