Jane Anson 91
Creamy generosity to the blackberry and cassis fruits, showing intensity and depth, knitted down right now, and with clear ageing potential and heavy black pepper spice. Tasted twice, this is an En Primeur wine to its boots, feels young and full of promise. 25ha on western side of St Julien (formerly Lalande Borie until 2018, plus sourcing from across the appellation), 3.77ph, IPT86, 43% new oak for ageing.
James Suckling 92-93
The fine tannins come through clearly here with black berries and hints of lavender. Medium-bodied with really fine tannins. Medium finish. A blend 75% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon and rest petit verdot.
The 2022 Le Petit Ducru pulses with notable energy. Graphite, lavender, mocha and licorice play off a core of blue/purplish fruit in this mid-weight, vibrant Saint-Julien. All the elements are so well-balanced. This is beautifully done.
Robert Parker 90-92
The 2022 Le Petit Ducru has turned out especially well this year, offering up aromas of cherries and raspberries mingled with tobacco leaf and pencil shavings, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety and fleshy palate that’s unusually supple and polished.
Jeb Dunnuck 90-92
Coming from the western side of Saint-Julien and functioning basically as a third wine of Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, the 2022 Petit Ducru De Ducru-Beaucaillou is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot raised in a mix of new and used barrels. A beautiful wine, it has plenty of Saint-Julien elegance and purity as well as cassis-driven fruits, notes of violet, spicy oak, and scorched earth, medium to full body, and just a silky, elegant mouthfeel. It’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate.
The Wine Independent 86-88
A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2022 Le Petit Ducru is deep garnet-purple in color. It soars out of the glass with notes of black raspberries and juicy blueberries with hints of Sichuan pepper, aniseed, and wild sage. The medium-bodied palate has a real skip in its step, with refreshingly lively black fruits and a lightly chewy texture, finishing with a peppery lift. pH 3.77, TPI 86.