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2003 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

  • 94 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49587-2003

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($110-$150) Ruby-red. Sexy nose offers superripe currant, raspberry, graphite and coconut. Lush, very rich and fine-grained, with an almost confectionery sweetness and thickness for this St. Julien. Atypically powerful on the back end, but not hard. Bruno Borie took over direction of this property with the 2003 and immediately switched to a heavier bottle with a longer neck that could accommodate a 55-millimeter cork. A terrific showing-but I'd still give this wine another four or five years of aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    A hot, dry summer resulted in a tiny production of under 10,000 cases of 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou from yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. This beauty boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge. Aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, incense and spring flowers are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine with loads of fruit and glycerin as well as a plush texture. It is just entering its plateau of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Intense aromas of blackberry, currant and cherry. Full-bodied, with masses of big, velvety tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. A blockbuster. A classic big, juicy claret. 17,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Pencil shavings and interest. Density. Interest and no exaggerations. Dryish finish but not uncomfortably so. Very appetising. (Average group score: 16.3)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: jjstrand
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: MikeB
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: g4shay
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Sultry garnet color. Pungent berry nose with a hint of tanned leather. Double decanted and allowed to open for a few hours. Silky, medium bodied and delightful. Tannins are still packing a decent punch. This will be a real beauty in years to come. I won't be cracking another until 2015+.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: DartAdam
  • Self | Rating: 93

    We had this as part of a Cabernet Sauvignon tasting on 10/3/09. It had a slightly reserved bouquet with tobacco, black currant, smoke, mineral and graphite aromas. The palate was smooth, balanced and very dry with black currant, blackberry, dirt, mineral, graphite and tobacco flavors. It was very earthy and absolutely terrific!
    Author: Chip
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3039 bottles owned
  • 438 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 438 collectors)