According to Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, nature is a subject of law where every procedure in the vineyard is respectful of the entire ecosystem.
Founded in 1720, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is celebrating 300 years of exceptional winemaking with the recent release of its 2020 vintage, decked out with a special commemorative label, to high demand at $239 a bottle.
A wine spectator rated 1995 vintage, the best wine of the year in their annual rating of all of the world’s wines and Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the brands that are on par with some of the first growths.
This is the third most highly rated Saint-Julien wine (based on critic scores): the 2020 vintage was given a score of 96 by The Wine Advocate and the 2015 vintage was given a score of 18/20 by Jancis Robinson.
Their stunning 2009 vintage growths were even rated with 99 points by Robert Parker – a world-renowned and now retired U.S. wine critic.
Not only is their wine phenomenal but their chateau is one of the most majestic in the land, a place labelled a winery in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region of France.
It is complete with underground cellars, roaming immaculate green gardens and classic old-time courtyards embedded with stables and carry a very French aesthetic.
The vine is a simple stone throw away which creates a very unique micro-climate for the vineyards. From here the wines are matured in oak for 18 months.
For many, Ducru-Beaucaillou is the quintessential St Julien – deep-coloured, powerful, ripe, exquisitely well-balanced and perfectly harmonious.
According to the BBR, the bottle requires a minimum of 10 years of ageing before it should be consumed and the best vintages will continue to improve for many more years.
It is also one of the very few states that are lived in by the owner. Today the estate is owned and managed by Bruno Borie.
Wineries, particularly the ones housed in old castles, are a very high-end version of living above the store, where design choices are intensely personal.
“Not only did Borie grow up in the chateau, but he now lives there with his wife, Frederique, and their son and daughter”, according to Robb Report.
When it comes to the vine, vineyards in Bordeaux can cost a small fortune, with well over $1.3 million per hectare, making it a very significant investment.
So if you want to bring fine luxury to the table, invest in Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou. It’s worth it.