The wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou is the essence of elegance, symmetry, balance, breed, class, and distinction. it is never one of the most robust, richest, or fruitiest wines of St.-Julien and by its nature is a stubbornly slow developer. Most of the finest vintages of Ducru-Beaucaillou usually take at least 10 years to reveal their stunning harmony of fruit and power.
Ducru-Beaucaillou is a great wine for a number of reasons. The meticulous attention to detail, the brutal selection process - whereby only the finest grapes and finest barrels of wine are permitted to go into the bottle - and the conservative viticultural practices all play major rules in the success of this wine.
"There are 4,000-5,000 cases of Ducru's high quality La Croix de Beaucaillou, which generally contains more Merlot than the grand vin. The 2000 reveals that component in its succulence and flesh. It should age well for 10-12 years. Readers should seek this one out." - Wine Advocate