Great value Bordeaux from the left bank?
Yes, such a thing exists (and you're staring at it).
Le Petit Caillou is Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou's third wine and shows that classic Bordeaux doesn't need to be crazy expensive, even when it comes from a famous address in Saint Julien.
Letit Caillou - aka 'the little pebble' - nails that classy, medium bodied and finely tannic Bordeaux style too. It's beautifully structured, with a finish and balance that is like a crisply ironed white shirt.
Put a regal Bordeaux on your dinner table.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (40%) and Cabernet Franc, aged in barrels with a third of new wood
Classic Bordeaux aromas of pencil shavings, cedar, dark berry fruits, a whisper of chocolate end then a medium bodied palate of fine tannins and subtle power.
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou was classified as a Second Growth in the 1855 classification of the Medoc and is widely considered to be one of the so-called “Super Seconds” that can challenge the great First Growths of Bordeaux - Latour, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite-Rothschild and Margaux - in outstanding years. The Chateau is currently owned by the Borie family, who have held it for 3 generations spanning over 60 years. The property sits on a gravel mound overlooking the Gironde estuary, and the Chateau garners its name from the “beautiful large stones” that are found on the property. The vineyard is planted to predominately Cabernet Sauvignon with a small percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It is traditionally one of the most highly sought second growths, its price justified by its meticulous attention to detail, stringent berry selection process with only the best barrels being selected to be bottled as Ducru-Beaucaillou. According to Robert Parker Jr, ‘The wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou is the essence of elegance, symmetry, balance, breed, class and distinction.' A great bottle of Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou will reward with long term cellaring to reveal classic St Julien power and harmony, with exceptional longevity.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
A charming rendition; the lifted bouquet shows blackcurrant, spiced cherry, thyme, game and nutmeg characters, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that is finely textured and rounded. It is elegant and wonderfully composed with fine, chalky tannins, finishing long and delightfully dry. At its best: now to 2022.