2010 Chateau Croix de Beaucaillou (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Vinous Media: 87-89
Jeff Leve: 91-93
James Suckling: 92-93
Red Wine


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"This represented 55% of the production and now, under Bruno Borie, comes from the same vineyard almost every year. (The vineyard is on the other side of the Route du Vin, separating Beaucaillou from estates such as St.-Pierre, Branaire-Ducru and Gloria.) Sweet mulberry and boysenberry fruit intermixed with licorice, forest floor and earth are followed by an opulently textured, fleshy wine that is dense and outstanding. I joked with Bruno Borie that the second wine is probably better than many of the Ducru Beaucaillous produced in the 1970s. It should drink well for 10-15 years." (WA)

"(85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot; 3.64 pH; 60% new oak; 13.7% alcohol) Dark ruby-red. Exotic aromas of red berries and Oriental spices complicated by cedar and black tea nuances. Then muscular and brawny on the palate, but with plenty of ripe red fruit flavor and smooth tannins. The persistent finish is clean and pure. Readers may also want to take a good look at Le Petit Caillou, the third wine of the estate, which is effusively fruity and very successful in 2010." (IWC)

"Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. 2010 marks the debut for the new label promoting the estates efforts to market this brand as a unique wine, and not a second label of Ducru Beaucaillou. According to Bruno Borie, the reason for this is; the wine emanates from a different terroir than the Grand Vin. Cassis, plums and anise scents lead to a wine offering juicy ripe plums and hints of coca. Fresh, clean and polished, this is a strong effort for Croix de Beaucaillou. The wine is going to be aged in 60% new oak for about 12 months." (JL)

"What a beautiful nose with currants and spices and hints of filtered coffee. Full and silky with beautiful texture and length. Second wine. Excellent.$$" (JS)