2011 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)
This wine is big, dense and impressive with plenty of concentration as well as acidity. It is balanced, bringing the big, ripe black-fruit flavor and firm tannins together with great style.
Fabulous aromas of blackberries, plums, meat and rose petals. Full body, with special richness for the vintage with a sweetness not seen in many wines. Velvety tannins that are polished and beautiful. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. Little more Merlot than normal.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the vintage's stars, the 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou is a riveting blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of creme de cassis, licorice, subtle wood smoke and spring flowers, a surprising, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning intensity, purity, symmetry and length. Production at this estate used to be 12,000-15,000 cases, but after instituting a strict selection in addition to the smallest yields ever at this vineyard, it is down to 9,000 cases. The 2011 has considerable tannin, but it is soft and well-integrated. It should drink well for 20+ years. Readers should also be aware of just how sensational the second wine can be.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot; 25 h/h): Opaque purple-ruby. Intense, perfumed nose combines blackberry, fresh herbs and coffee liqueur. Sweet and suave in the mouth, showcasing pure flavors of blackberry and blackcurrant. Finishes quite long, with lovely mineral tang, a note of blackberry syrup and peppery, youthfully chewy tannins.
**+ 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. Only 25 hectoliters per hectare; they produced 30% less wine than in 2010. 13.1% ABV. Toasty oak nose combined with cassis aromas. Long and supple on the palate. A regal wine-First Growth quality.