Not surprisingly, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, whose name means “beautiful stones” in French, features an abundance of them, defining the estate’s terroir. The two million year-old deposits, which vary in diameter but can reach up to three inches, reside within the soil and deliver enviable drainage and aeration to the vines. This natural advantage has helped usher in some of the most remarkable vintages in the Saint-Julien estate’s history, with many of them offering dramatically fragrant, Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wines that also carry hints of cedar, coconut and florals.
Dating back to 1720 and safeguarded by prominent winemaking families, the wine produced at Château Ducru-Beaucaillou was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Classification of 1855. Adding to its visual appeal, the Château overlooks the stunning Gironde estuary.