1988 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

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

WS 92   RP 88   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Shows outstanding structure and definition. New oak comes through in the coffee and plum aromas and the palate is firm and concentrated, with delicious blackberry flavors. Hold until 2000 for it to soften and bloom.--Ducru-Beaucaillou vertical.

Drink Dates: 2000+
Author: Thomas Matthews

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Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 88

The 1988 Ducru is a medium-bodied wine, without the profound depth and sheer intensity of fruit of the 1989. Possessing high tannins and good ripeness, with an overall sense of compactness and toughness, it recalls the style of the best 1966 Medocs.

Drink Dates: 1993+
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: B1

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: bobnat
Tasted On: 02/19/2012
Petits fruits rouges; nez superbe; parfaitement conservé ! Note de Nathalie = 12 sur 10 !

Rating: 94
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/22/2013

Rating: 88
Author: Peter T766
Tasted On: 04/13/2008
Lacking fruit at first, opened up after about 30" Beautiful nose, firm and layered, young berries, plums,good finish

Average rating: 90, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

644 bottles owned by 160 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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