Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

9.476 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

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 Schramsburg Vineyards

Immaculate

Immaculate

10

Craig Camp Delectable Pro

General Manager Troon Vineyards

Just starting to open. Extraordinary

Just starting to open. Extraordinary

9.5