Madame de Beaucaillou Rouge 19

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is a member of the elite group fondly referred to as the "Super Seconds, " often fetching prices close to the illustrious First Growths of Bordeaux. Established in 1720, this venerable estate has a long and consistent history of producing exceptional wines, earning Second Growth (Deuxième Cru) in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.

"Beaucaillou," meaning "beautiful pebbles," pays homage to the gravel-laden soils that give the estate's wines their unique mineral-nuanced character. This exceptional soil structure, together with meticulous viticulture and winemaking practices, results in amazingly complex and nuanced wines that can gracefully age for decades.

The most accessible introduction to the magnificent wines of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is the Madame de Beaucaillou Rouge. This entry-level gem superbly illustrates the estate's knack for delivering its signature quality and elegance at a remarkably lower price point.

The 2019 vintage, a blend of 68% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, showcases the estate's expertise in crafting a more accessible and affordable classic Bordeaux cuvee. The blend's Merlot dominance provides a softer, more approachable profile, and unlike the estates' more robust and structured top-tier releases, it doesn't require a decade of cellar time before enjoyment.

In your glass, Madame de Beaucaillou Rouge deftly mirrors the elegance and complexity of the estate's famous top tier. After a few minutes of air and a swirl or two, you're treated to a melange of ripe red and blue fruits on the nose, trailed by subtle notes of spice, leafy herbs, and violets. The medium to full-bodied palate finishes with ripe, present tannins, perfectly smooth for immediate enjoyment, but with plenty of stuffing for cellaring. Drink now to 2028.

Pair Madame de Beaucaillou Rouge with your favorite summer grilling adventures, especially grilled lamb chops. If you're feeling decadent, treat yourself to a glass alongside your next burger from the grill!

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