1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

($92-$125) Bright medium ruby. Deep, superripe aromas of dark berries, black cherry and bitter chocolate; slightly exotic crystallized fruit aspect. Dense, sweet and wonderfully rich; a lovely combination of palate-caressing chocolatey fruit and firm underlying structure. Finishes with excellent grip and great palate-saturating sweetness. Another outstanding 1996 Medoc wine in the making.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Wine Advocate | 96

I tasted the 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou on four separate occasions from bottle in January. The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis, and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. It will be fascinating for readers who own the 1996 to follow the evolution of this exceptional vintage.

Drink Dates: 2008-2035


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Wine Spectator | 92

A thoroughly outstanding wine, sleek and racy with loads of character. Intense floral and blackberry aromas, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Give it time. 18,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 92
Author: USCineman
Tasted On: 10/12/2014
Medium to Light body, flavorful palate, still tasted young.
Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/25/2013
Tasting great. Cedar/pencil scents, fairly concentrated, moderate finish.
Score:
Author: Chez Fisher
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/03/2013
Drink Dates:
Andy Goldsworthy birthday.
Score: 96
Author: Naperwino
Trust Rating: 82
Tasted On: 06/22/2013
Score: 95
Author: Alexander C229
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/14/2013
Drink Dates: 2009-2028
Beautifully made Bordeaux. Medium ruby in the glass, with nose including flowers and dark red fruit. Fruit and tannins are extremely well balanced now, and could be a clone of the Chateau Lafite Rothschild from this year, although the Ducru does not quite have the same finesse. Long finish with notes of graphite.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Ducru-Beaucaillou:

2010 (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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