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1981 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

  • 89 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49587-1981-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    A wonderful balance of rich fruit and silky tannins, with plum, vanilla and light tar character. Full-bodied and tannic yet so well integrated; excellent harmony. Drinkable now but better after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 88

    One of the Medoc's more successful wines, the 1981 has reached full maturity. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, and a moderately attractive nose of minerals and jammy cranberry fruit intermixed with black currants. In the mouth, this wine has lost its baby fat, revealing medium body, and an elegant, measured personality. Pure, with well-integrated tannin, this is a stylish, graceful Ducru-Beaucaillou. Last tasted 3/97
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Anonymous | Rating: 91

    All grass and manure but delicious and balanced. Very aged but still delicious. Talk about terroir!!! I'll miss this wine.
    Author: Doug D722
  • Self | Rating: 83

    Purchased at auction for $74 all in and I guess that was a big mistake. This is definitely past its prime...It's got a delicate nose of flowers and cassis but the palate is lacking and devoid of any fruit. It's thin and diluted with no finish at all. I don't have much experience with the 81 vintage but perhaps this is just a product of a really poor vintage???
    Author: Lou
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Reddish/purple, medium body, lots of fruit and layers of minerals, herbs, even floral aromas and flavors. As good as the last bottle. Long finish. Years of life left in this classic Ducru.
    Drink Dates: 1991-2011
    Author: Rockitman
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Pape Clement,Chateau Rauzan Segla,Chateau Leoville Poyferre

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 208 bottles owned
  • 55 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 55 collectors)