1996 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux - 750ml

1996 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux - 750ml

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1996 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux - 96 Pts!

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is a property in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Médoc, rated a second growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It is often described as the quintessential Saint-Julien – deeply colored and powerfully ripe, yet balanced and harmonious. The grand vin usually needs 10 years of aging and can last for decades. A second wine, Croix de Beaucaillou, is also produced from the Ducru vineyard.

The 75-hectare (185-acre) vineyard is situated in the southeast of the appellation, near the village of Beychevelle and bordering Branaire-Ducru. It is near the river, which gives protection from frost and hail, and on the deepest gravel layers there is enhanced drainage, evening warmth, and a protective layer stopping the subsoil from drying out in heat waves. Alluvial deposits and a high clay content enrich the soil, and the vineyard takes its name from these "beautiful stones". It is planted 70 percent to Cabernet Sauvignon and 30 percent to Merlot.


Product Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1996
Rating RP 96
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location St Julien
Producer Ducru Beaucaillou
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating RP 96 - 1996 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux - 96 Pts! I tasted the 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou on four separate occasions from bottle in January. The 1996 is long with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular concentrated and classic. Bottled in late June 1998 it exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color as well as a knock-out nose of minerals licorice cassis and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin but it is extremely ripe and the sweetness of the black currant spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. It will be fascinating for readers who own the 1996 to follow the evolution of this exceptional vintage. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1996
Rating RP 96
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location St Julien
Producer Ducru Beaucaillou
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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