2016 La Croix de Beaucaillou, 2nd Wine of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, St. Julien (12 x Bottle)

France Bordeaux St. Julien

The 2016 Croix de Beaucaillou has a very attractive bouquet of high-toned but controlled blackberry and blueberry fruit neatly enmeshed with some quality new oak. The medium-bodied palate delivers fine-boned tannins, well-judged acidity and a silky-smooth, sensual finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a very impressive 2016. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting.

2016 La Croix de Beaucaillou, 2nd Wine of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, St. Julien (12 x Bottle)

The 2016 Croix de Beaucaillou has a very attractive bouquet of high-toned but controlled blackberry and blueberry fruit neatly enmeshed with some quality new oak. The medium-bodied palate delivers fine-boned tannins, well-judged acidity and a silky-smooth, sensual finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a very impressive 2016. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting.

France Bordeaux St. Julien
Producer Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou
Sub-Region St. Julien
Region Bordeaux
Country France
Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2016
Colour Red
Style Medium-Full, Dry

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Vinous

The 2016 Croix de Beaucaillou has a very attractive bouquet of high-toned but controlled blackberry and blueberry fruit neatly enmeshed with some quality new oak. The medium-bodied palate delivers fine-boned tannins, well-judged acidity and a silky-smooth, sensual finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a very impressive 2016. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting.

93 Points / Drinking 2023 - 2045

By Neal Martin / August 2020

Vinous

The 2016 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is dark, dense and quite powerful, with plush, silky tannins that wrap around a core of rich fruit. Black cherry, chocolate, menthol, leather and spice, espresso and cedar all add character. This sumptuous, racy Saint-Julien will drink well right out of the gate. Readers should expect a potent, concentrated wine. The 2016 spent 12 months in oak, 70% new. Tasted two times.

92 Points / Drinking 2021 - 2036

By Antonio Galloni / January 2019

Vinous

Almost opaque in color, the 2016 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou has a tightly wound, quite pixelated bouquet of black cherries, melted tar and humidor aromas that only gradually unfold. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, perfectly judged acidity, a silky-smooth texture and a pure, sustained finish that is adorable. This is a pretty Saint Julien, equal to many of the Grand Vins.

93 Points / Drinking 2023 - 2045

By Neal Martin / January 2019

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 La Croix de Beaucaillou gives up aromas of cassis, earth, black plums, black cherries and mulberries with wafts of menthol, cigars and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is lively and earthy with firm, grainy tannins, finishing long and mineral-laced.

92 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2035

By Lisa Perrotti-Brown / November 2018