1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

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

RP 92   WS 95   Customer 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2030
Author: Robert Parker


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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


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Wally
Tasted On: 03/16/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/21/2010
Drink Dates: 2001-2020
Dark cherry fruit and ripe tannins on the palate. Nice medium finish. This, believe it or not, still has a long way to go.

Rating:
Author: Will M.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/12/2010
Corked!

Rating: 92
Author: gm
Trust Rating: 45
Tasted On: 06/13/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2030

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Rating:
Author: Rockitman
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/24/2005
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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.

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