1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
abv 13.5%
  • 89 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49587-1985-750-3B
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 92

    For sheer elegance, charm, and finesse, the 1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou has it all. The wine is close to full maturity, yet retains a vibrancy and youthfulness that is unusual for a 1985. The generous flavors are soft, but not flabby. The wine possesses outstanding concentration yet is elegant and refreshing. This is a beautifully knit, harmonious Ducru.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Tasted from magnum. Seductive and beautiful. Minty, rich and fruity aromas and flavors caress the palate and tickle the throat. Medium- to full-bodied, with super firm tannins and a long, silky finish. Drink now or hold; will improve with age.--Cabernet Challenge.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Toby Thomas
  • Self | Rating: 90

    A year or two past its prime; still very drinkable, the fruit has lost some body and the finish some length
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 94

    fantastic: full bodied with notes of dark chocolate, leather and cassis with undertones of chewy,dark,oaky berries. ready to drink--do not hold.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2015
    Author: dozman3
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Great value for the money. Buy more and drink now. Let breath for at least 30 minutes. Always surprised at how well these Ducru's drink.
    Author: Injun
  • Self | Rating: 89

    maybe a bit past its peak by now; a bit dry on the palate though it still has some fruit showing
    Author: TAs Super Cellar
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
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 785 bottles owned
  • 158 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 158 collectors)