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Croix De Beaucaillou 2011, Saint-Julien

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Croix De Beaucaillou 2011 is an outstanding wine which exhibits a dense purple colour along with a sweet kiss of crème de cassis, liquorice, incense and graphite. Fruity and medium to full-bodied, with an impressive texture and supple tannins, this wine should drink well for 10-15 years.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Saint-Julien
Vintage: 2011
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Archetypal Saint-Julien
Drink With: Something chewy and meaty

Croix De Beaucaillou is the second wine of Saint-Julien classed growth Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. Grown in the same vineyards, the grapes are the product of younger vines or are parcels that don't quite meet the exacting standards demanded by Ducru-Beaucaillou itself. That being said, this second wine is carefully selected to represent the estate's inherent qualities. Croix De Beaucaillou will reveal its charms slightly earlier than Ducru-Beaucaillou, but it lacks none of the characteristics of a great Saint Julien: elegance, finesse and an ability to age with grace.

The grapes were harvested manually and were sorted in the vineyards on mobile tables to avoid contact between unhealthy and healthy grapes during transport to the winery. The vinification of each plot of vines was done individually to optimise the choice of blends. The fermentations were also carried out separately to take account of distinct terroirs, grape varieties and vintage characteristics. For Croix De Beaucaillou, between 20 and 40% of new barrels were used according to the richness of the vintage. The barrels (225l Bordeaux barriques, French oak) were supplied by 5 carefully selected cooperages and the wine was matured in them for 12 months.

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
A second wine that has improved immensely under the administration of Bruno Borie, and the 2011 La Croix De Beaucaillou is a sensual effort displaying sweet tannins, copious quantities of black currant and blueberry fruit, medium to full body, and a long finish with no hard edges. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, it should drink beautifully for 15 or more years. Bruno Borie deserves accolades for the remarkable things he has accomplished at Ducru-Beaucaillou over the last few years. 89-91 Points

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