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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, AC St. Julien, 2nd Grand Cru Classe, 2004

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot blend
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, AC St. Julien, 2nd Grand Cru Classe, 2004
Bordeaux, France

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is, without question, one of the very finest wines of Bordeaux. It is a top performing second growth and consistently rated 90 points and higher by the critics. The 1995 vintage was awarded “Best Red Wine in the World” by Wine Spectator.

It is owned and operated by the dynamic Bruno Borie, the 3rd generation to manage the estate. The stately chateau is surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful vineyards, planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

This 2004 vintage shows intense aromas of cassis, wet earth, and tobacco notes. The palate is classically dry, quite full in body, with some chewy tannins, and flavors of vanilla, black cherry, and cedar. Elegant yet concentrated, with exceptional length, this is one of the finest wines in the world.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect complement to red meats such as lamb and beef, and ideal with hard cheeses like aged Cheddar.