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Slightly younger than the 2 million year old "beaucaillau" is the estate itself, which dates back to a mere 1795. It was then that Bertrand Ducru stamped his name on the property and set the winemaking standard for years to come.
A decade after its classification as a Second Growth in 1855, the Johnston family acquired the property, and it was under their tutelage, specifically that of manager Ernest David, that the famous "Bordeaux mixture"--a blend of copper sulphate and lime used to deter mildew--was discovered. A third family, the Borie's, bought the estate in 1941 and currently inhabit the chateau--a rarity in this age of corporate ownership. They are known for producing a wonderfully fragrant, heavily Cabernet-influenced wine with superb cellaring potential, the best vintages offering dramatic perfume of black fruits, cedar, coconut and flowers.