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2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355647 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the wines of the vintage in the Medoc, the 2017 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou comes from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot from tiny yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. Brought up in new barrels, it offers stunning notes of pure creme de cassis, unsmoked tobacco, lead pencil, and crushed rocks. Showing a touch of spring flowers with air, full-bodied richness and depth, awesome tannin quality, and a laser-like level of precision and purity, it’s going to need a decade of cellaring yet will have 40-50 years of prime drinking. Hats off to proprietor Bruno Borie for another magical wine. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Attractive, intense aromas of ripe blueberries, currants and more savory, tarry notes, as well as iodine, violets and cassis. The palate has a supple and succulent feel. This is cabernet in outright seductive mode, offering such fluid tannins and mouth-filling length. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. One of the stars of the vintage. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A little less intense and concentrated than the 2016, this focusses more on rich, smoky, finessed aromatics. The overall feel is gourmet and well textured, with some welcoming rich spice. A serious contender for the top St Julien in 2017, this has wonderfully fleshy blackberry fruits, a screech of graphite adding some mineral overtones, and a great dash of grilled oak. 7,500 cases of Ducru this year instead of 10,000 - they weren't affected by frost, but the Cabernets were just less generous this year, down to around 30hl/ha. This is accomplished winemaking, with great energy and poise. 100% new oak. 3.79pH. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep purple-black in color, the 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou slowly unfurls to reveal beautifully fragrant notes of warm kirsch, wild blueberries, fresh red and black currants and violets with wafts of underbrush and Earl Grey tea. Medium-bodied, the palate has great freshness and elegance, with very well-played, plush tannins and bags of perfumed fruit, finishing on a lingering spicy note. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. (LPB) 96+ Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou is racy, deep and opulently beautiful. In 2017, Ducru is very red-fruited and floral, with tons of inner sweetness and nuance to match its sumptuous, exotic personality. Mint, spice, chocolate and licorice accents add character as the 2017 gains brightness, aromatic purity and detail with a bit of air. Bruno Borie gave the 2017 18 months in 100% new oak. Along with Beychevelle, Ducru is the most flamboyant wine in Saint-Julien. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark While the dense and dark tannins are prominent, they can’t mask the exuberant fruit that wants to burst out. Blackberry flavors are impressively ripe and rich, shot through with acidity that gives the wine salinity as well as freshness. At the back, those tannins will allow the wine to age over many years. (RV) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has a warm and inviting feel, with mocha, Christmas pudding and blackberry and plum compote aromas and flavors flowing through atop fleshy, velvety structure. There’s a graphite edge along with some alluring spice accents, and this stays polished and lengthy in the end. (JM) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very dark with black core. Super-refined dark fruit on the nose, ripe but not overly. Just a touch – and nicely – smoky. Chewy, deep tannin texture shot through with lovely juicy fruit, red and black. Lots of energy and the oak well in the background. Firm and chewy tannins and needs time but has a long fresh finish – lovely fresh fruit to the end that is entwined with the tannins to keep them moving across your palate. 17.5/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou was bottled around 15 July 2019 after 18 months in 100% new oak. It offers seductive red and black fruit on the nose that is seamlessly integrated with the oak, touches of pressed iris flower and potpourri emerging with time and lending complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and wonderful acidity. This is classic Ducru through and through, quite effortless in style with a persistent, slightly lactic finish that might lack the ambition of a great vintage like 2016. For sheer drinkability, this hits the spot. Thus it will be a Ducru that should drink earlier than other vintages." (02/2020)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
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90% CS-This wine is almost as good as their great 2015. Spicy, exotic Asian fruit aromas and flavors. Sexy wine, rip and lush. Tannic at back, but delightful in ten years.
Drink from 2021 to 2032

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
Ducru managed to meld a modern touch without being overdone in 2017 - it handled the 100% oak in a way that very few others could even imagine doing in the vintage. Very cab heavy, it showed a deep extracted color, richness, and seamless texture that's become the house signature. Dense, layered, and uniquely powerful, it is perhaps missing an extra level/dimension of the great vintages but comes through with some great class and persistence. If this is your style and the price is right, it will be an enjoyable Ducru for a few years to come. Drink 2024-2035.

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