1998 Ducru-Beaucaillou 750ml

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

IWC 91(+?)   WA 91   WS 88   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

Red-ruby. Perfumed, sappy aromas of redcurrant, flowers and minerals. Intensely flavored, high-pitched and penetrating, with a deep core of spice contributing to the impression of vinosity. Shows a youthful austerity today. Finishes very long and brisk, with substantial, dusty tannins. I always think of Michael Broadbent descriptor flavory (actually, flavoury) when I taste a dry, classic vintage of Ducru.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

A supremely elegant, dense purple-colored effort, the 1998 reveals aromas of cassis, black raspberries, minerals, and currants. Precise, well-delineated, and medium to full-bodied, with magnificent purity and understated elegance, this noble, restrained wine reveals a tannic finish, suggesting 4-5 more years of cellaring is warranted.

Drink Dates: 2005-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Aromas of berry, tobacco and cherry. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a silk-textured finish. Delicate structure. An elegant Ducru.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/27/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2024
amazing nose upon opening. after decanting and letting stand for 30 minutes full bodied on the palate with strong notes of berries, cassis,leather and chocolate. long finish. truly great.

Rating: 91
Author: MikeB
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2025

Rating: 90
Author: againc
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/20/2013
Absolutely ready to drink. Don't wait!!!

Rating: 90
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/27/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Stills Very youthful and somehow tannic but the red fruit core are there son keep a little more time in bottle to gain such beautiful complexity.

Average rating: 90, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1771 bottles owned by 439 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.

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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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