1995 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

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1995 Ducru-Beaucaillou
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

($120-$170) Bright dark ruby. Knockout perfumed nose of great purity: cassis, violet, minerals and bitter chocolate. A penetrating wine of outstanding vinosity and verve; offers great tensile strength. Youthfully tight, classic claret whose extremely long finish features very fine tannins. I'm not convinced Ducru has made a wine in recent vintages to equal its '95 and '96 releases.

Drink Dates: 2005-2025
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Not decanted. Very dark crimson with a brownish streak. Focussed and savoury and impressive. Tight and dry on the finish in an impressive, appetising way. Good! A bit more dramatic. Lovely smoothness. Very fine and balanced and very St-Julien. First vintage in the new winery made by François Xavier Borie who was then very motivated. 'Ducru revival’ year according to Bruno Borie who is now in charge.

Drink Dates: 2008-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2025


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Wine Spectator | 95

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; well deserved.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. 18,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 96
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/19/2013
A clean, high-polished surface, almost black with a slight tinge of purple. A pure nose of cassis fruit, very primary with no apparent signs of age at the surface, intensely perfumed and concentrated. Full-bodied with masses of sweet, dark berry fruit, very California like on the entry. This wine has achieved super balance and incredible purity and weight. Medium length, but It makes up with the sheer elegance. Drink now through 2020
Score: 94
Author: wineme.310
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 04/24/2013
Score: 88
Author: Alexander C229
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/16/2013
Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Starting to fade a bit. Still tastes of dark berries, but a little tar in the finish, while remaining full bodied.
Score: 93
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/14/2011
Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Lovely: Smoke and blueberry on the nose. Cassis, fine tannins and dark red fruit on the palate. Long finish. This drinks lighter than expected for a St. Julian Bordeaux and has hit its prime drinking window.
Score:
Author: Chez Fisher
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/13/2011
Drink Dates:
Getting a little thin...needs to be drunk sooner than later.
More Vintages and Sizes of Ducru-Beaucaillou:

2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)

About This Producer


Located in the appellation of Saint-Julien, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named for the beautiful large stones and pebbles that cover the vineyard. These stones create ideal grape-growing conditions, as they aid in drainage, reflect sun onto the vines, and keep the ground from drying out. These conditions create the "typical" Saint-Julien wine - elegant and smooth, with a long finish. The outstanding structure of these wines gives them great aging potential as well.

The Borie family has owned the estate for the past 60 years, and still lives in the chateau. The chateau itself is unusual for Bordeaux because the house was built directly over the cellar, which means the family lives literally surrounded by their wines. The estate's second wine is called La Croix de Beaucaillou.

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