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Croix De Beaucaillou 2014, Saint-Julien


Croix De Beaucaillou2014 is an outstanding wine which exhibits a dense purple colour along with a sweet kiss of cassis, liquorice, incense and graphite. Fruity and medium to full-bodied, with an impressive texture and supple tannins, this wine should drink well for another 20 years or so and today it is still in its infancy.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Saint-Julien
Vintage: 2014
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:
The 2014 La Croix de Beaucaillou has enjoyed a purple patch in recent vintages. The nose on the 2014 appeared to have closed down after bottling, but the quality is still tangible, almost sedate, but exquisitely defined tertiary red berry fruit gradually opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and energetic, very focused with superb mineralité. There is just a mote of hardness and rigidity on the finish, but that will be abraded by bottle age (and this is one Deuxième Vin that benefits from bottle maturity).