THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Inky dark in color, the wine exudes blackberries, smoke, currants, nutmeg, flowers, Cuban cigar wrapper, black cherries, smoke, and spice in the nose. On the palate, the wine is dense, and intense, yet light on its feet with seemingly, endless waves of deep, black and red, spicy fruits. There is symmetry, balance, and freshness on the palate. The tannins are present, silky, and refined. The wine is silky, supple, creamy, and seamless in the finish, which moves from black fruits, to red fruits and back to black fruits with spice, and accents of mint and a touch of citrus at the very end of the finish, which lingers for at least 60 seconds. Ducru Beaucaillou has been on an unstoppable roll since 2009. Produced from blending 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, 14% ABV, 3.8 pH. Picking took place September 7 -- October 4. Drink from 2028-2065."
WEINWISSER: "82 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 % Merlot, 30 hl/ha. Betörendes Bouquet, Wildkirsche, Schlehensaft, verführerischer Irisduft, dahinter getrocknete Fliederblüten, Lakritze und Heidelbeergelee. Am erhabenen Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, engmaschigem Tanninkorsett, balancierter Rasse und durchtrainiertem Körper. Im konzentrierten, sehr präzisen und langanhaltenden Finale eine Explosion von Brombeeren und Holundersaft, getragen von einer feinkörnigen Adstringenz. Besticht dieses Jahr durch diskrete «Sexyness» und teilt sich mit Léoville-Barton den zweiten Platz in St. Julien. 2032 – 2055."
JEB DUNNUCK: "Moving to the Grand Vin, it's a slightly more Merlot-influenced blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, raised in new barrels. It brings the same level of concentration and structure as the La Croix but has another level of class, elegance, and purity, with sensational aromatics of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed stone, sandalwood, and graphite. The purity here is truly remarkable, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, perfectly integrated oak, silky tannins, and a great finish. This beauty hit 14% natural alcohol with a pH of 3.8 and an IPT of 95. Given its balance as well as its texture, it's going to offer pleasure with just short-term cellaring yet also evolve for decades."
FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, tintig, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Feine Nuancen von Edelholz, reife schwarze Kirschen, zart nach Ribiseln, süße Gewürze, kandierte Orangenzesten und Nugat. Stoffig, elegant, feine Fruchtsüße, kühle Nuancen, gute Frische, präsente, integrierte Tannine, dunkle Waldbeeren im Nachhall, dunkles Nugat im Rückgeschmack, zeigt große Länge, mineralischer Nachhall, sicheres Potenzial für viele Jahre."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „The 2022 Ducru-Beaucaillou is made from 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot with a yield of 29 hl/ha, and represents 25% of the year's production. Deep garnet-purple in color, it soars out of the glass with graceful, energetic notes of crushed blackcurrants, redcurrant preserves, wild blueberries, and dark chocolate, followed by touches of violets, clove oil, cumin seed, and cast-iron pan. The medium to full-bodied palate is built like a skyscraper, delivering very firm, super-ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness to support the densely laden, vibrant black fruits, finishing very long with a spectacular display of mineral and floral fireworks. pH 3.80, TPI 95."
JAMES SUCKLING: "Some much creme de cassis and blackcurrant aromas and flavors here. Full-bodied with powerful tannins, yet fine and layered. Chewy. You can really feel the thick grape skins here. Excellent length. Tannins spread across the palate. Minerally and crushed stone."
DECANTER: "Beautiful and beguiling nose, perfumed blackcurrants and dark fruits; damsons, plums, raspberries and rose petals. Lovely crunchy fruit, real bite and presence in the mouth. Excellent precision, tannins are succulent and ripe they fill the mouth with a juicy, intense granular texture. There is such depth to this - perfume, tobacco, earth, violets and concentrated fruits that have a verticality to them with an unprecedented 98% of Cabernet Sauvignon providing the support and the backbone. There is a crystalline purity to the fruit giving tension to the overall frame, it’s focused and driven all with excellent definition. This is not a wallflower of a wine - it’s charming and confident, strutting its stuff right now and giving you absolut St-Julien terroir and vintage markers in the glass with slate, graphite and liquorice salinity on show. Skilled winemaking on show."
THE WINE ADVOCATE: "One of the Médoc's most powerful wines this year is the 2022 Ducru-Beaucaillou, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot that opens in the glass with aromas of dark cherries and berries mingled with pencils shavings, vanilla pod and spices. Full-bodied, broad-shouldered and muscular, with a core of ripe but lively fruit underpinned by a chassis of powdery, liberally extracted tannin that asserts itself on the finish, it's a punchy, modern Saint-Julien reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of the 2018 and 2020."
JANCIS ROBINSON: "Inky crimson with black core. Dark, rich and intense aroma of ripe black fruit and some slight dark florals. Some coal dust. Black olive savour. Concentrated, dark, massively oaky and a little bit charry. Tannins are thick but not dry, smooth but dense. Exuberant underneath the oak."