The 75 hectares of the Château Ducru-Beaucaillou vineyard are planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. The average age of the vines is 35 years. With age, the vines become less fertile and at the same time develop a deep root system (up to 6 metres deep) to better attenuate the impact of extreme weather conditions as well as better exploit the qualities of the terroir. By meticulously probing the poor, arid soil to find the moisture and nutrients they need, the roots retrieve the original elements that will give the wine its uniqueness: this is the essence of the terroir of Ducru Beaucaillou. The high plantation density (10,000 vines per ha.) has many advantages. It reduces the production of each plant while creating competition between the vines that will search deeper down into the soil to find their nutriment ("vines must suffer in order to produce"). It also generates a microclimate with many an advantage : Maximizing the leaf surface per hectare and therefore the rainwater consumption which are particularly profuse in our Atlantic climate Creating ideal conditions for the grapes Vine management, while traditional (double Guyot pruning etc.), includes the latest viticultural techniques (manual leaf-thinning, green harvests in summer etc.). In short, the four golden rules are: plot-based management, controlled yields, optimised vine stocks lifespan and sustainable phytosanitary treatments.
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/07
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/21/2014