La Croix de Ducru Beaucaillou 2019
二級莊寶嘉龍 Ducru Beaucaillou副牌 (一般大家都會叫呢支係副牌)，不過又咁講: 寶嘉龍 對呢支酒的定義與眾不同，因為葡萄采收自酒莊內指定的地塊(並不是正牌揀剩下的葡萄釀造)。於1995年開始在Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 裝瓶，其品質足以與旗艦酒款媲美，不過酒莊希望呈現的則是一支透過調配，能更早讓飲家享受到St. Julien 絕美佳釀。酒莊咁樣形容支酒:"Powerful, silky
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), supplemented by Merlot (35%) and Petit Verdot (3%). The Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018 is matured for 12 months in Bordeaux barrels of 225 litres, 60% of which are of new wood and 40% of one previous wine.
92 pts Wine Advocate :
This is not a second wine as such, because it comes from a dedicated part of the vineyard, located on the south bank of La Mouline. The 2018 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, to be aged 12 months in 60% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.75, 15% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 96. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little closed and broody to begin, offering subtle notions of fertile loam, tobacco, truffles and cast iron pan with a core of crème de cassis, blackberry compote and boysenberries with hints of underbrush and bay leaves. Full, rich and seductive in the mouth, it has firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness to lift the dense fruit to a long finish.