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Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien 2003

Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien 750ml 2003        
Sku: 1251201*

Rating
 Wine Advocate 94 points (Aug 2014)
A hot, dry summer resulted in a tiny production of under 10,000 cases of 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou from yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. This beauty boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge. Aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, incense and spring flowers are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine with loads of fruit and glycerin as well as a plush texture. It is just entering its plateau of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years.
 Wine Spectator 97 points (Mar 30 2006)
Intense aromas of blackberry, currant and cherry. Full-bodied, with masses of big, velvety tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. A blockbuster. A classic big, juicy claret. Best after 2012. 17,500 cases made. –JS Ranked #28 in Wine Spectator's 2006 Top 100 list.

Technical notes
The 75 hectares of the Ducru Beaucaillou vineyard stretch out along the eastern side of this vast communal terroir, hugging the river in the area where the quaternary gravels are the deepest. The stones have many advantages, enhancing soil drainage, reflecting the sun on the grapes in these closely planted vines, storing heat in the daytime and restoring it at night, affording a protective cover to the soil against desiccation during the hot summer months, and so on. The clay subsoil regulates the water supply of the vines, soaking up the surplus rain during wet periods and giving it back during droughts.

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Haut Medoc
Appellation: Saint Julien
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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