Ducru-Beaucaillou produces two wines. The grand vin called Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, and a second wine produced since 1995 to which lesser-quality lots are relegated, La Croix de Beaucaillou. The wines are aged for 18 months in 50% to 80% new oak barrels according to the richness of the vintage, fined with egg whites, lightly filtered, and then bottled. Wine writer Jay McInerney wrote "Ducru has always been a wine of finesse rather than sheer brute power, a kind of Burgundian Bordeaux."
Ducru-Beaucaillou's vineyards consist of 50 hectares of well drained gravel with stones up to 2.5 inches in diameter. (beaucaillou means "beautiful stones".) The vineyards are planted in Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Merlot (30%); previous plantings of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot having been uprooted. The vines' average age in 2005 was 38 years.
1985 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou
The Wine Advocate – 92 Points
Robert Parker – December 2002
“A wine of extraordinary charm and elegance, the dark garnet-colored 1985
Ducru-Beaucaillou has a floral, cedary nose intermixed with red and black currants as
well as flowers. The wine is fully mature and soft, with beautiful concentration and purity.
It is not a blockbuster, and certainly no nearly as powerful and massive as the 1986,
but it is certainly much more seductive.”