1981 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

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WS 89   RP 88   Collector 89
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 1998+
Author: James Suckling


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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

Drink Dates: 1997-2007
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: B1

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Rockitman
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/10/2009
Drink Dates: 1991-2011
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.

Rating: 91
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/31/2006
All grass and manure but delicious and balanced. Very aged but still delicious. Talk about terroir!!! I'll miss this wine.

Rating: 83
Author: Lou
Tasted On: 07/13/2009
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???

Average rating: 89, based on 5 reviews
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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.

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

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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