Last week we were honored to host Bruno Borie of Second Growth Classified Bordeaux Ducru Beaucaillou and what an epic night it was! For a night this grand, we brought in Royal Chef Darren McGrady to prepare a fabulous meal to pair with these incredible wines and this was one of the best meals we’ve yet to experience from the Royal Chef. A marvelous time was had by all and we thank our members and the guests who took part in this amazing wine dinner.
The lineup for the night:
JM Labruyere Prologue Brut Champagne
2014 Chateau Ducluzeau
2012 Croix de Beaucaillou
2010 Croix de Beaucaillou
2006 Ducru Beaucaillou
2005 Ducru Beaucaillou
1985 Ducru Beaucaillou
The 1985 Ducru Beaucaillou stole the show! Beautifully complex and with excellent length, the 1985 grand vin was ready to roll straight from the bottle, got better with an hour in the decanter and at the end of the night, it was straight up righteous. Wonderfully expressive aromas and a palate as lively as its nose, notes of perfectly preserved blackberry, red currant and dried rose melted with dried tobacco, eucalyptus, dried bay leaves and turned soil. Softened leather, a touch of black pepper, elegant florals, a silky texture and a finish to remember, this was the jewel of the night.
Of the two younger grand vins: 2006 and 2005, the 2005 took the lead with more approach-ability with powerful fruit, multiple dimensions of earth, deep minerals and dense spice.
Of the two wines from younger vines: 2012 and 2010 Croix de Beaucaillou, the 2012 Croix de Beaucaillou was bright and fruit forward but the 2010 Croix de Beaucaillou was ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! The wonderful 2010 vintage made a great impression to this second wine. It was powerful and compelling. This is the wine you want in your glass as an everyday wine, but could be poured to impress for any special occasion.