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La Croix de Beaucaillou

Bordeaux’s “Second Wines” are some of the best values in the wine world. Selling for a fraction of the cost of the First Wines but delivering a high percentage of the goodness of its more famous relative. Here we are offering 2008 La Croix de Beaucaillou. Made on the same property, from the same vineyards, by the same wine maker as its Big Brother Ducru Beaucaillou. If you love Top Notch Bordeaux, this is one not to miss.

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Château Ducru Beaucaillou vineyard.Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful, stones found in its unique wine-growing terroir. This exceptional ecosystem produces fine, elegant, tasty wines, with a long finish – in short, archetypal Saint-Julien wines.Croix Beaucaillou, like a first growth, is therefore submitted to careful selection. Most of the wines coming from the plots of young vineyard. Croix de Beaucaillou is thus subjected to a reasoned blending aimed at producing a wine which will of course reveal its assets earlier than Ducru but also the characteristics of a great Saint Julien: elegance, finesse and of course its ability to age. It is worth noting that this wine is far superior to the connotation of ‘second wine’. It is a great, noble wine, which we are sure will play a prominent role in the Saint-Julien appellation. La Croix de Beaucaillou has been bottled on the property since 1995
 

*2008 La Croix de Beaucaillou St Julien
$59.99btl/$647.89 per case OWC
(2nd Wine Ducru Beaucaillou)
(Wine Advocate 92)

An outstanding wine and a great sleeper of the vintage, this second wine exhibits a denser purple color along with a sweet kiss of creme de cassis, licorice, incense and graphite. Fruity and medium to full-bodied , with an impressive texture and supple tannins, this wine should drink well for 10-15 years. (Tasted March 2012)
(Jim Sirna 94)
At 10 years old this wine has really come into its own. The color is a deep purple.Gobs of sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit aromas rise from the glass. The mouth feel is quite seductive with crème de cassis, ripe, succulent black fruits, cedar, vanilla and earth tones. Viscous and richly endowed this wine is not far off its Big Brother, Ducru. For a fraction of the price.
(Tasted This Morning!)