Croix de Beaucaillou 2021

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Tasting Notes and Scores

89-91

Bordeaux Index

Quite ripe, charming nose with a gentle strawberry and red cherry nose, leaning into a little black cherry and graphite. Fluid, fine tannins which carry a little sweetness, nice structure with integrated acidity. Quite fine and balanced, good finish.
April 2022

90-92

Wine Advocate

Complex aromas of dark berries, sweet spices, licorice, cigar wrapper and loamy soil introduce the 2021 La Croix de Beaucaillou, a medium to full-bodied, seamless and layered wine that exhibits promising depth, concentration and structure in this challenging vintage. It's a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot—in other words, it contains at lot more Cabernet than usual.
William Kelley, April 2022

16.5

Jancis Robinson

Ripe, dark and very pure with a certain opulence due to the core of generous fruit. Structured and fresh, though, with plenty of fine tannin giving punch and length on the finish. (JL) 12.5%
Drink 2028 – 2038
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022

91-93

Antonio Galloni

The 2021 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou is packed with super-ripe black cherry, plum, crème de cassis, new leather and bittersweet chocolate, all dialed up in this decidedly exuberant Saint-Julien. There is some firmness in the tannin, but that should soften with time. Deeply pitched aromatics and striking persistence give the 2021 tons of character. This has real potential. Aging is projected to be 12 months in barrel, 50% new. Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022

92

Jane Anson

Clear graphite, pencil lead, finessed black fruit that is lean and precise. Impressive, more structured than the past few years of La Croix, more vertical rise through the palate, and will benefit from softening not only over ageing but with a few years in bottle to tame the severe tannins. Higher levels of Cabernet Sauvignon, because the Merlot did less well over the growing season, and it makes it feel more in the spirit of the 1st wine. 60% new oak, 27hl/h yield.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022