Ducru-Beaucaillou is one of the top Bordeaux of the stellar 2016 vintage - limited. 100 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "Reminding me of the 2010 with its incredible stature and class, the 2016 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is a legendary wine from the genius of Bruno Borie, who has managed this estate brilliantly since he arrived in 2003. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot brought up all in new oak, the 2016 has a mammoth bouquet of crème de cassis, espresso, camphor, crushed violets, toasty oak, and graphite. Full-bodied, concentrated, and backward on the palate, it nevertheless has perfectly integrated acidity and building tannins, a concentrated, layered texture, off-the-charts purity of fruit, and a finish that won't quit. Give this powerful, concentrated wine a solid 7-8 years of bottle age and enjoy it over the following 50 years or more.” 99 Points James Suckling: “Super perfumed, attractive violets with a thread of fresh blueberries, cassis, blackberries and dark plums, delivering a very enticing impression. Beautiful ripeness here. The tannins are perfectly ripe and layers meld into each other, carrying deep, graceful and plush, velvety dark fruit long into the vibrant and seductive, chocolate-laced finish. Great potential. Try from 2024.” 98 Points Robert Parker: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou features a wonderfully savory, earthy/meaty nose, delivering well-defined notes of tapenade, truffles, charcuterie and sautéed herbs over crème de cassis, wild blueberries and kirsch with wafts of pencil lead and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house with the taut, muscular fruit well framed by very firm yet very ripe and finely grained tannins, offering a quiet intensity of red fruit and mineral sparks and finishing with epic length.
Gorgeous color, and an interesting play on the nose I can’t quite identify. Lovely complexity and length. It’s a decent sipper, but would probably be amazing with something earthy like mushrooms or truffles. Maybe a nice mushroom duxelles over a filet mignon for bringing out additional subtleties.
Gorgeous color, and an interesting play on the nose I can’t quite identify. Lovely complexity and length. It’s a decent sipper, but would probably be amazing with something earthy like mushrooms or truffles. Maybe a nice mushroom duxelles over a filet mignon for bringing out additional subtleties.9.6
Barrel sample. Elegant and grace which is unusual but still a very fine wine. 93-95pts
Barrel sample. Elegant and grace which is unusual but still a very fine wine. 93-95pts9.4
John Van Trijp
En Primeur Tasting 2016 Vintage in Bordeaux
En Primeur Tasting 2016 Vintage in Bordeaux9.8