Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

9.3104 ratings on Delectable
$249

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

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

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

jesus g Delectable Pro

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

Immaculate

Immaculate

10

Craig Camp Delectable Pro

General Manager Troon Vineyards

Just starting to open. Extraordinary

Just starting to open. Extraordinary

9.5

Austin Beeman Delectable Pro

A+. Fabulous graphite. Ultra complex. Candidate for best wine of the year. Black fruit. Cherry. Complex earth pencil and funk. Stunning. World class Bordeaux.

A+. Fabulous graphite. Ultra complex. Candidate for best wine of the year. Black fruit. Cherry. Complex earth pencil and funk. Stunning. World class Bordeaux.

10

Evilroy Slade

Lean tannic cherry and strawberry

Lean tannic cherry and strawberry

9.2

Keith Browning

First one was ... uh... blurry

First one was ... uh... blurry

9.2

Al Shikoh

Consumed from a 375 mL. Moderate ruby color. Incredibly perfumed with intense aromas of rose petals, cherry liqueur, red licorice, and dark berries as well as hints of bell pepper. On the palate, it's very feminine and elegant with nice persistence of the fruit, medium acidity, and soft tannins.

Consumed from a 375 mL. Moderate ruby color. Incredibly perfumed with intense aromas of rose petals, cherry liqueur, red licorice, and dark berries as well as hints of bell pepper. On the palate, it's very feminine and elegant with nice persistence of the fruit, medium acidity, and soft tannins.

9.4