The 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou is a 10,000-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (they used to produce 18,000-20,000 cases). It is an exceptionally powerful wine with a dense purple color, superb intensity, and a beautiful, sweet nose of spring flowers, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied with fabulous concentration, exceptionally high tannin, good acidity, and massive layers of richness that build incrementally on the palate, this monumental effort is more structured than their outstanding 2003. It may be the finest wine produced at this estate since the 1982 and 1961 Ducrus. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050.
This offers dreamy aromas of singed mesquite and warm fruitcake that meld into a lush swath of mulled currant, fig and boysenberry fruit flavors. Black tea and incense notes skitter throughout, with a mouthwatering iron edge buried deeply.—Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Best from 2020 through 2040. 10,000 cases made.
A nice, complex wine with notes of flowers, berries and leather in the nose. Full-bodied, with pure fruit that turns from light raspberry to cherry jam. This is balanced and silky, a beautiful harmony. Give this some time if you can.
94-96 Barrel sample. Huge blackcurrant fruits dominate a wine that is powerful and showing very ripe. There are flavors of smoky, balanced tannins, bitter cherries, black figs. As all the great wines in 2005, it finishes with a delicious lift of acidity.
Very closed, rich nose with seriously powerful underlying aroma. All dark fruit. Monumentally backward. On the palate, there is Napa-level heft, with marked acid but (unlike the 2009) great cohesion and balance. By far the longest finish in its flight. If the modern tendency is for flatteringly early-drinking wines, there is nothing modern about this, despite its polish and power.
Full bodied, polished, deep and fresh, the wine popped with cigar box, cedar, dark red fruits and tobacco notes in the perfume. Youthful, fresh and vibrant, more development is needed for this to really show its best. Still, with about 60 minutes of air, the wine was already quite nice to drink
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