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1986 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 95 WS
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49587-1986

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$224.00

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    A monster in its infancy. Almost black in color, with intense cassis, herb and mint aromas and superrich, dense cassis and licorice flavors. May last forever.
    Author: Thomas Matthews
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 92

    This wine remains backward, tannic, and in need of another 5 or more years of bottle age. The 1986 Ducru possesses a dark ruby color with purple nuances. Initially the bouquet is restrained, but with coaxing it reveals scents of lead pencil, sweet cranberry and black currant fruit nicely intertwined with aromas of steel, minerals, and earth. Rich and medium to full-bodied, but excruciatingly tannic, this is an intensely concentrated Ducru-Beaucaillou with formidable aging potential. Readers should note that 1986 is the first vintage where some bottles were marred by off-aromas of damp cardboard. The last three times I tasted the wine the bottles were totally pure, with no evidence of this disturbing irregularity.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Very deep colour with slight evolution at the rim. Clean, dense and refreshing with some dryness on the finish. Austere, chewy and with noticeable tannin at the end. This is a wine which is dry in both senses: not sweet and extremely tough.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2006-2030
    Author: gm
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Wally
  • Self | Rating:

    Corked!
    Author: Will M.
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Dark cherry fruit and ripe tannins on the palate. Nice medium finish. This, believe it or not, still has a long way to go.
    Drink Dates: 2001-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating:

    WineZap.com lists 10 retailers selling this wine from a low of $105 to a high of $264.
    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
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

  • 1418 bottles owned
  • 242 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 242 collectors)