Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

$275

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...a must purchase. It will be fascinating for readers who own the 1996 to follow the evolution of this exceptional vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Jim Gallagher Delectable Pro

Classic Claret

Classic Claret

9.3

David Langstaff Delectable Pro

Drinking from double magnum. Beautiful. Tannins receding, flavor filling out. Not too fruity. Great earth. Great balance. Way to spend Halloween.

Drinking from double magnum. Beautiful. Tannins receding, flavor filling out. Not too fruity. Great earth. Great balance. Way to spend Halloween.

9.3

ADAM STROMFELD Delectable Pro

Anise and silky smooth black olives and a bit thin. A quick finish cherries . Still a young baby. This really needs to be revisited in 7-10 years

Anise and silky smooth black olives and a bit thin. A quick finish cherries . Still a young baby. This really needs to be revisited in 7-10 years

9.2

Justin Bothur Delectable Pro

Silky smooth with integrated graphite, cedar, red apple skin, and blackberry tart. Great wine drinking at its peak now.

Silky smooth with integrated graphite, cedar, red apple skin, and blackberry tart. Great wine drinking at its peak now.

9.0

Ira Schwartz Delectable Pro

Despite doing a PnP the nose was full of cassis, leather and smoke. The palate introduced a red fruit component that was not on the nose along with hints of green pepper and earth . Despite the round tannins I felt the finish was slightly compressed. Will hold off 2-3 years before revisiting.

Despite doing a PnP the nose was full of cassis, leather and smoke. The palate introduced a red fruit component that was not on the nose along with hints of green pepper and earth . Despite the round tannins I felt the finish was slightly compressed. Will hold off 2-3 years before revisiting.

9.2

Greg Koslosky Delectable Pro

Great bottle on the way up.

Great bottle on the way up.

9.5

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

21 years young and she drank beautifully w/ notes of earth, cassis and wet tobacco leafs.

21 years young and she drank beautifully w/ notes of earth, cassis and wet tobacco leafs.

9.4

Spencer T. Hess Delectable Pro

Tart berry bullshit. Ducru is probably the most disappointing chateau in all of Bordeaux. The wines get the press but NEVER show well. Weird!

Tart berry bullshit. Ducru is probably the most disappointing chateau in all of Bordeaux. The wines get the press but NEVER show well. Weird!

8.2

Christina Abaluche Delectable Pro

Vintner Abaluche Wine Company

Outstanding aroma, length, strength....and a gallet from the vineyard itself to go along with it!

Outstanding aroma, length, strength....and a gallet from the vineyard itself to go along with it!

9.0

Liz Thach MW Delectable Pro

Top wine of the evening from a recent Commanderie de Bordeaux dinner

Top wine of the evening from a recent Commanderie de Bordeaux dinner

10

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