2016 Ducluzeau 90VMDucru-Beaucaillou
Listrac-Médoc, Bordeaux (Left Bank)$27.99
$24.99 on 3+Grape varietal: 80% Merlot / 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production area: Listrac-Medoc – terroir sandwiched between the great communes of Saint-Julien & Margaux
Age of vines: average of 35 years
Vineyard exposure: Sits on a gentle rise, at 45 meters (150 feet) above sea level only 25 kilometres from the Atlantic. When the wind blows from the west you can smell the ocean, adding a potential touch of iodine to the wine’s flavors
Soil type: light gravel and clay soils up top and a gravel and clay-limestone mix underneath
My tasting note: Aromas and flavors of cassis and black cherry, roasted coffee bean, chocolate shavings. The palate is svelte, elegant even at med/med+ with ripe and polished tannin also med/med+. A long, cool finish, of cassis, cherry, and toasty oak. An extremely well put together value here ready to drink now!90 pts Vinous Media (Galloni) The 2016 Ducluzeau is a pretty, fruity wine with plenty of near and medium-term appeal. Floral and spiced notes add brightness to a core of red-toned fruit, with hints of dried cherry, mint and rose petal that lead in the finish. This floral, perfumed Listrac from Bruno Borie is good for drinking now and over the next few years.
Chateau Ducluzeau has been in Bruno's mother's family since 1740. He took over the estate from his mother in 2003. Prior to him, the estate was managed by women of the family for three generations. Records show that Chateau Ducluzeau dates back to at least the 1700s when it was owned by a Monsieur du Cluzeau. He sold it to Mademoiselle Hugon, also a Listrac winegrower, who married Monsieur Astien, another winegrower, but this time from Moulis. On her death, she left the property to their daughter, Marie Louise, who had married Andre Rochette. When Marie Louise died in 1976, she left it to her daughter, Monique Rochette, who was born and lived there until she married Bruno's father Jean Eugène Borie. Chateau Ducluzeau has been in the family since 1740!