CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU

CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU

SAINT-JULIEN
2ème Cru Classé
Owner:
Borie Family
Manager:
Bruno Eugène
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The origins of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou dates back to the beginning of the XVIII century, in 1720 to be precise. It owes its name to the «beaux et gros cailloux» - the beautiful stones – that characterize its soil and whose exceptional viticultural qualities lend finesse and elegance to the wines issued from them.
CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU

The origins of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou date back to the early 18th century, when the Bergeron family acquired it in 1720. It rapidly gained a fine reputation in France and abroad, and by the time of the Revolution already received foreign visitors.
The estate has belonged to the Borie family for over sixty years. It is now managed by Bruno-Eugène Borie, the youngest son of Borie family and third generation of Borie, who has a hands-on involvement in making the wine.

Like the best classified growths that stretch along the estuary, starting from Margaux in the south, up to St Estèphe in the north, this property is perched on a magnificent emplacement of the Médoc with an unimpeded view over the Gironde estuary. The terroir of Saint Julien AOC (800 hectares) is characterized by gravel from the Garonne dating back to the first period (Günz) of the Quaternary era; this layer gradually thins out from east to west, dwindling to fine white gravel and eolian sands at the westernmost end of the appellation. Ducru-Beaucaillou vineyard stretches out along the eastern side of this vast communal terroir, hugging the river in the area where the quaternary gravels are the deepest. Gravel soil presents many advantages: it drains well, reflects the sun onto the grapes in closely planted vineyards, stores the heat of the day and releases it at night, forms a barrier which prevents the soil from drying out during hot summers… It is because of its soil that Ducru-Beaucaillou is often considered the archetypal Saint-Julien.
The 75 hectares of the Château Ducru-Beaucaillou vineyard are planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. The average age of the vines is 35 years.
Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the only Châteaux of the Bordeaux region to be built over its cellars and one of the rare classified growths inhabited by its owners all the year round.

Subtlety, finesse and elegance are the hallmarks of Ducru-Beaucaillou, which has often been described as the quintessential Saint-Julien.