A Second Wine With Premiere Cru Qualities

22 Oct

Croix de Beaucaillou,, St-Julien, 2008

This is the ‘second’ wine from the prestigious Chateau DuCru in the Medoc region of France. Dark purple in color, it has lush raspberry, blackberry, and licorice on the nose with no floral notes I could discern, but a hint of minerality. In the mouth, cassis and black plum were dominant fruit with graphite, earth, espresso, cigar box, and gravel giving way to a hint of wood shavings on the finish. Complex with firm tannin, a pleasure to drink by itself and easy to pair with strong flavors.  A nice balance of 10% Merlot and 90% Cabernet make up this Bordeaux Blend.

Various vintages of this wine might range from 30-65/bottle, I picked up a half-bottle for about $23 in midtown and enjoyed three medium pours over three nights, with the wine changing little and demonstrating power and consistency.  While not THE Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, this is every bit a delicious, savory wine and a bargain at the price with all of the characteristics that make a great St- Julien. You’ll only miss the Premiere Cru if you have enjoyed it before… and I have, but this is a nice, tasty reminder as well as a bargain in the half-bottle.

Here is a link for more information about Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, their wines and terroir.

à votre santé!

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