Subtle yet aromatic character of Indian spices, currants and dried cherries. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. Wonderful texture. Classy and structured. Long. This was wine of the year in 1998;…
This wine is of first-growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open-knit and accessible than the extraordinary 1996, Ducru`s 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract and ripeness, not sugar), layers of flavor, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025.
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou traces its roots back to the beginning of the 13th century, making it one of the oldest in Saint Julien. The stone-laden vineyard of Ducru Beaucaillou is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, and the average vine age is 38 years old. They produce two Bordelais wines, the Ducru-Beaucaillou and its little brother, La Croix de Beaucailliou. The accolades are always high (2009 vintage received 100 points from Robert Parker), but what is truly important here is value. In 2006 when the wine was deemed ‘best St. Julien of the year’, proprietor Bruno Borie dropped the price almost 17% making it fly off the rack faster than before (if that was even possible). Perhaps put best by Stephen Browett of Farr Vintners ‘By being cheaper, and with equal or better scores, Ducru has rather trumped Cos this year.’ Commended across the board, vintage to vintage, Ducru-Beaucaillou embodies pedigree, caliber, and value and is the poster child of excellence and over-delivery in St. Julien. Vintages to look out for: 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005.
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