La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou 2020 En Primeur: “a standout success”

  • The wine is available for £359 (12×75) SEP.
  • Jane Anson said this was a “standout success” among second wines this vintage.
  • The 2020 looks well-priced, along with the 2019.

La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou 2020 has been released for €30 per bottle ex-négociant, up 11% on the release price of the 2019.

The second wine of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is being sold by the international trade for £359 per dozen, up 10.8% on the current Market Price of the 2019.

Benchmark Critic, Neal Martin, has not yet scored the wine but it represents Fair Value alongside several back vintages. See more Fair Value analysis below.

Critical opinion

Neither Martin nor Antonio Galloni at Vinous have yet tasted the wine but it has picked up positive reviews elsewhere.

Jane Anson rated it 95-points and said it had “purity and definition… with clarity of flavour”. In what she has said is a weaker year for second wines this is a “standout success”.

James Suckling scored it 94-95, saying it was “fine and intense”, while Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW rated it rather lower, 89-91.

Fair Value

According to the Fair Value methodology, the 2020 looks good value when compared against its back vintages. A score of 94 or 95 from Martin would make it look truly compelling.

The 2019 with a score of 94-96 from Martin and 10% cheaper is the clear alternative choice to today’s release. The 2017 at £293 per dozen also looks good value among recent physical vintages.


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