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10/08/2018

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1996 WA93, 2000 JS96, WA95+ 2008

The 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou was picked from 23 September until 8 October, a blend of 25% Merlot and 75% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has evolved a very pure bouquet, almost Burgundy-like, with macerated red cherries and red plum, tobacco, leather and bay leaf. This 1996 seems a little more forward than others, perhaps more 1995 in style, but it is bestowed one of the most seductive and sensual aromatics of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, moving firmly into secondary stage with hints of leather, game and allspice. This is a Ducru Beaucaillou that has resolved to give pleasure at 20 years and not sooner. Hints of Hoisin develop on the finish with Chinese Five-Spice and leave you wanting more. Enjoy this now and over the next 15-20 years. (Incidentally, Bruno Borie poured another bottle that had been decanted and it was astonishingly different. The decanted version, perhaps against expectation, seemed firmer, sharper and more masculine, more "1996" if you like, perhaps revealing the true Ducru Beaucaillou.) - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate: 93pts

Wonderful rose and currant aromas with hints of mint. Itís full-bodied yet very finely textured, with good fruit concentration and length. Continuing to improve in the bottle. - James Suckling: 96pts

One of the stars of the vintage, and a remarkable achievement in 2008, with impressive richness, this dense purple colored wine is almost as opaque as the 2010. Spring flowers, crushed rocks, creme de cassis and some subtle oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine that transcends the vintage character in its power, richness, and aging potential. It also exhibits tremendous precision, purity, and depth of character. It is more forward than the 2010 is likely to be, but probably not as sumptuous as the 2009 will turn out to be. This is a wine to buy. - Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate: 95+pts

 

Wine Ratings Special Offer
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2008 WA95+ $245.00
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1996 (eta end Nov 2018) WA93 $379.00
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2000 (eta end Nov 2018) JS96 $389.00