Ducru Beaucaillou 2018 has been released at €139.20 per bottle ex-negociant, up 16% on the 2017 (€120). The wine is coming to market with a recommended retail price of £1,728 per 12×75, up 16% on the 2017 release (£1,488).
Critical reception for this year’s Ducru Beaucaillou has been positive. Antonio Galloni (Vinous) awarded the wine a barrel range of 95-98 points and said it was “a wine of pure and total sensual beauty”.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Wine Advocate) gave it a slightly higher score of 97-99 points and added that it was “beautifully elegant and wonderfully bold”.
James Suckling said that the wine was “layered and beautiful with incredible tannin quality” and added that it “brings a smile to the face”. He gave a barrel range of 98-99 points.
In his tasting note, Jeff Leve said that “this is a contender for the best vintage ever produced at Ducru and that is really saying something considering the incredible run of vintages produced here since 2005”.
Prices for Ducru Beaucaillou are 90% correlated to our ‘Benchmark Critic’ series. Depending on your critic of choice, the 2018 is coming to market both above and below the line implied by our ‘Fair Value’ methodology.
Followers of Jeff Leve, who believe that this year’s Ducru Beaucaillou is the best vintage ever produced, might well find value in today’s release.
Buyers looking for other options might be tempted by the 2014 which was scored 96 points by Neal Martin and is available at a 41% discount to today’s release.
Looking for more?
Our Bordeaux 2018 pages contain everything you need to know about this year’s En Primeur campaign, including:
- Critic scores
- Release prices
- Bordeaux 2018 analysis tool [members only]
- The conversation on social media
- Liv-ex’s fair value methodology