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Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1986

Bordeaux - Second GrowthSaint-Julien - Red - 12.5°
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1986
$885 a case of 3 Bottles (750ML)| $295 / Unit
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92 Points, Robert Parker
"[T]his wine continues to taste more like a 5 to7-year-old Bordeaux. The color is a handsome dark ruby with just a bit of pink at the edge. The wine exhibits sweet red and black currant fruit intermixed with wet stones, spice, and flowers. Medium-bodied and still moderately tannic, but very concentrated, this firmly structured, slightly austere wine has tremendous upside to it. By the way, this was the first vintage where I began to notice on some bottles the wet cement/damp cardboard aromas that were far more increasingly evident in the subsequent vintages, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990. Interestingly, the last five times I have tasted the 1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou, they were totally pristine bottles. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030."
Parker : 94 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1986 Ducru Beaucaillou was served by Bruno Borie both decanted and directly from bottle, poured blind. From the bottle, it has an attractive bouquet with plush blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, indeed, showing more fruité than I was expecting. There is a roundness to these aromatics, perhaps a little more like 1985 in some ways. The palate is medium-bodied and here the seriousness and structure of the 1986 vintages shows through. There is impressive body and though it felt firm and masculine on the finish, there is clearly sufficient fruit that counterbalances the backbone. The decanted version showed a little more volatility on the nose, but here I discerned more complexity on the palate. The 1986 Ducru poured directly from bottle felt a little more savory and strangely, more cohesive, with more of the terroir coming through on the slightly loamy, brown sugar-tinged finish. Tasted July 2016.
BordeauxSaint-Julien
Alcohol
12.5

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Decanter
95

J. Robinson
16

R. Gabriel
15

Wine Spectator
95

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Medoc

Appellation
Saint-Julien

Color
Red

Producer
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou

Region
Bordeaux

Environment
Sustainable

Parker
94

On Special
No

Classification
Second Growth

Allergens
Contains sulfites

On Special
No

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