1972 CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 1972

Médoc - 2ème Cru Classé 
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80-84 / 100

80-84 / 100

1972 CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 1972

Médoc - 2ème Cru Classé 

Condition Good

Stock : 0 bottle
149,00 € tax incl. 124,17 € tax excl.
Stock : 0 bottle
139,00 € tax incl. 115,83 € tax excl.
Avis d'expert
83 / 100
SoDivin
SoDivin
(10-2012)
I opened the bottle about an hour before we tasted it. In the glass the color was light reddish brown in the center but quite brown on the edges. The wine was cloudy and troubled, not a good sign. To the nose it smelled of overly ripe red fruits, slightly musty. In the mouth the acidity sang and saved the day. A lovely acidity and weak tannins held up the wine feebly but held it up nonetheless. As we drank I kept thinking that the poor wine was tired and past its prime but there was still life to it and it still had a bit of pleasure to give. The next day the wine had not changed at all in the bottle. While the wine expressed all of the problems the winemakers had in the vineyard, a weak structure, lacking fruit, overly acidic, it also was a fun bottle to taste. It was not nearly as catastrophic as I expected.
Features
Vintage 1972
Rating 80-84
Classification Médoc - 2ème Cru Classé 
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Saint Julien
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Price From 100 € to 200 €
Château Ducru Beaucaillou
Country France
Château informations
Ducru Beaucaillou
Ducru Beaucaillou
The Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, is a vineyard of 75 hectares, located in Saint-Julien-Beychevelle in the Gironde. AOC Saint-Julien, he is ranked a second growth in the famous in the Grand Cru rankings of 1855. The first traces of the estate date back to the thirteenth century. The castle was for centuries, until 1720, the property of the Bergeron family. In 1795 the estate was ceded to the  Ducru family and the it took their name.  Bertrand Ducru then undertook radical changes to the castle (with the help of architect Paul Abadie) and the new viticulture installations (new winery). The consecration of these efforts will be the status of second growth ranking in the 1855 classification. In 1866, the castle was sold to the family of Nathaniel Johnston (1836-1914), a wine merchant and potter from Bordeaux, mayor and representative of St. Julian. The financial crisis of 1929 forced Nathaniel Johnston to sell the estate to the Desbarats family  and after only twelve years they ceded it to the Borie family, who still owns the castle today. Terroir. Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the big stones Günz having a thickness from 6 to 8 m. The implantation iis 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot 30%, with the desire not to use or Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc. The vines are an average of 35 years old, and are planted in high density (10,000 plants / ha). Wine. Ducru-Beaucaillou also produces a second wine, La Croix de Beaucaillou. .

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