1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

RP 92   WS 89   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 1998-2010
Author: Robert Parker


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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.

Drink Dates: 1996+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 85
Tasted On: 10/04/2008
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.

1 of 2 people found this review useful.


Rating: 94
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/31/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2015
fantastic: full bodied with notes of dark chocolate, leather and cassis with undertones of chewy,dark,oaky berries. ready to drink--do not hold.

Rating: 92
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 02/27/2010

Rating: 90
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/15/2009
A year or two past its prime; still very drinkable, the fruit has lost some body and the finish some length

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

890 bottles owned by 241 collectors.

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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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