2014 Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201222 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is powerful in dark tannins that surround the ripe plum and damson plum notes. It is rich and concentrated, yet juicy in acidity. The structured tannins and acidity promise successful long-term aging. (RV)  (4/2015)

92-93 points James Suckling

 Sweet tobacco, dried seaweed and blackcurrants. Full body, velvety textured tannins and an intense finish. Muscular and serious.  (3/2015)

90-93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Croix de Beaucaillou is a dark, voluptuous beauty. Juicy black cherries, smoke, violets, crème de cassis and new leather are some of the many notes that wrap around the palate, leading to a deep, inky finish laced with purplish-hued fruits. Juicy and extroverted to the core, the 2014 is likely to reward consumers with considerable immediate pleasure. The creamy finish alone is incredibly inviting. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG)  (4/2015)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The La Croix de Beaucaillou 2014 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot that is raised in 60% new oak. This needs a few minutes to settle down in the glass, which is no problem since Bruno and I always have a good natter about the vintage. There is a sense of nonchalance on the nose, nothing too extravagant, quite “contained” compared to recent vintages but clearly with good concentration that will be more evident post-bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannin, a little powdery in texture, but I like the symmetry and focus defining the finish. Great potential, though it will require 4 to 5 years to fully assimilate that new oak. (NM)  (4/2015)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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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.