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Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1982

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    Parker : 97 / 100
    J. Suckling : 93 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    At a charity dinner in Charleston, SC, the 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou from my cellar was the only corked bottle out of twenty-two. A subsequent tasting revealed one of the all-time great Ducrus, probably matched or eclipsed by several recent vintages (i.e., 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008). The 1982 is still 5-8 years away from full maturity, but it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged more slowly than I initially expected. It is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou produced after the 1961 and before the 2003. With respect to the 1990, I do not own any of this wine, but it was the last of a series of vintages between 1986 and 1990 that were affected by the TCA-like contamination in the estate's chai, which was completely destroyed and then rebuilt, eliminating the source of these smells. Not every bottle is affected by this, but I do not have any source for this vintage. Release price: ($140.00/case)
    BordeauxSaint-Julien
    Alcohol
    13.5

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Sustainable

    J. Robinson
    18

    J. Suckling
    93

    R. Gabriel
    19

    Wine Spectator
    91

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Medoc

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Julien

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou

    Classification
    Second Growth

    Parker
    97

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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