1998 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1998 Ducru-Beaucaillou
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International Wine Cellar | 91(+?)

Red-ruby. Perfumed, sappy aromas of redcurrant, flowers and minerals. Intensely flavored, high-pitched and penetrating, with a deep core of spice contributing to the impression of vinosity. Shows a youthful austerity today. Finishes very long and brisk, with substantial, dusty tannins. I always think of Michael Broadbent descriptor flavory (actually, flavoury) when I taste a dry, classic vintage of Ducru.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | 91

A supremely elegant, dense purple-colored effort, the 1998 reveals aromas of cassis, black raspberries, minerals, and currants. Precise, well-delineated, and medium to full-bodied, with magnificent purity and understated elegance, this noble, restrained wine reveals a tannic finish, suggesting 4-5 more years of cellaring is warranted.

Drink Dates: 2005-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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Wine Spectator | 88

Aromas of berry, tobacco and cherry. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a silk-textured finish. Delicate structure. An elegant Ducru.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 90
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/27/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Stills Very youthful and somehow tannic but the red fruit core are there son keep a little more time in bottle to gain such beautiful complexity.
Score: 95
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/27/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2024
amazing nose upon opening. after decanting and letting stand for 30 minutes full bodied on the palate with strong notes of berries, cassis,leather and chocolate. long finish. truly great.
Score: 90
Author: againc
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/20/2013
Absolutely ready to drink. Don't wait!!!
Score: 91
Author: MikeB
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2025
More Vintages and Sizes of Ducru-Beaucaillou:

2010 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)
1990 (750ml)
1989 (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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