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2016 Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299149 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Rich and silky in texture, there's some lovely cinnamon and black pepper spice here, with lovely grip from the very fine tannins and good drive too. It's extremely precise, with every piece in its place, a considered and drawn out style featuring notes of menthol and bitter dark chocolate. It's really bedding in for the long haul. It shows that even the second wines can be powerful and concentrated in 2016. (JA) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Pristine, attractive fruit with perfume and freshness. Dark-berry and plum notes, as well as cassis and brambleberries, define the character of both nose and palate. The tannins are saturated in ripe dark berries and plums and deliver a superbly fresh, shimmering, dark-fruited finish. Wow-factor is strong here in 2016. Try this from 2024. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Richly spicy with swathes of black fruit and dark tannins, this powerful wine also shows great elegance. Juicy fruits shine through the structure to give a wine with a good future. Drink this rich wine from 2024. *Editors' Choice* (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark While the top wine gets all the attention, the second wine 2016 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is well worth seeking out and unquestionably shows some of the class and purity of the grand vin. A more forward, fleshy wine with oodles of black raspberries, cassis, and floral hints, it’s a total charmer with its fine, supple tannins and great finish. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, aged 12 months in 60% new barrels, drink it any time over the coming 15-20 years. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Almost opaque in color, the 2016 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou has a tightly wound, quite pixelated bouquet of black cherries, melted tar and humidor aromas that only gradually unfold. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, perfectly judged acidity, a silky-smooth texture and a pure, sustained finish that is adorable. This is a pretty Saint Julien, equal to many of the Grand Vins. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 La Croix de Beaucaillou gives up aromas of cassis, earth, black plums, black cherries and mulberries with wafts of menthol, cigars and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is lively and earthy with firm, grainy tannins, finishing long and mineral-laced. (LPB) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Solid, with engaging cassis, cherry and blueberry fruit flavors, backed by a mouthwatering bramble note and flash of roasted apple wood. Captures the essence of '16 St.-Julien in a more accessible package. Best from 2021 through 2030. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Bright, deep crimson. Tastes so dramatic that it's on the edge – almost camembert notes. Lots of spiciness and glamour and then the oak insists a bit. The new oak is a tad obvious at the moment. 17/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

K&L Notes

92 points Antonio Galloni for Vinous: "The 2016 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is dark, dense and quite powerful, with plush, silky tannins that wrap around a core of rich fruit. Black cherry, chocolate, menthol, leather and spice, espresso and cedar all add character. This sumptuous, racy Saint-Julien will drink well right out of the gate. Readers should expect a potent, concentrated wine. The 2016 spent 12 months in oak, 70% new. Tasted two times." (01/2019)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2017 | Send Email
This is thick, rich and creamy with fat and ripe berry fruit flavors and a mouth coating texture. The same tension and sense of elegance present in the first wine is on display here imparting a wonderful freshness and balance.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2017 | Send Email
Criox de Beaucaillou has great freshness on the nose, high toned silky textured fruit all in perfect balance. This is a WOW 2nd wine and I will be a buyer! 2 Stars. Believe me it is very hard to find a better tasting wine than Les Croix!

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