This year, Ducru-Beaucaillou celebrates its 300th harvest. Three centuries ago, on 30th May 1720, Marie Dejean and Jacques de Bergeron were married: the bride's dowry became this estate. Today, it is Bruno Borie's home, the beautiful setting in which his wines show to greatest advantage; he loves to host elegant tastings here for Ducru-Beaucaillou's biggest fans.
All year long, Borie ensures that his teams share his pleasure in doing the right thing: he guides them towards benevolent viticultural practices that respect the environment. Thanks to this heightened awareness, the winemakers give each vine "bespoke" care and note that the soils' response is perfect.
This year, the estate presents its latest baby, Le Petit Ducru. This wine, the product of grapes selected from Saint-Julien vineyards, offers newcomers an opportunity to become acquainted with the estate's wines.
Observing the great swathe of green that unrolls towards the Gironde estuary, Borie remarks: "we never water the lawn. When it's time for the harvest, if we have a mat of straw, we know we'll have a great vintage." A happy augur: in September, the grass was yellow! It presaged "a heavenly vintage".