The 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou will eclipse the brilliant wines produced in 2005, 2003 and 2000. It will be interesting to see how the 2009 fares against the 2010 after twenty years of aging, but my money is on the 2009. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, this inky purple, unctuous wine possesses classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, blueberries, violets, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied and intense with Ducru’s inimitable elegance and purity, it should firm up in the bottle after 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 40-50 years. Magnificent!
The purity of fruit is wonderful in this, with plums, currants and hints of fresh mushrooms. Hints of cloves too. Full-bodied, with chewy, creamy tannins and a bright fresh finish. Super energy and intensity. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Better in 2018.
95-97 Barrel sample. Big and powerful, structured, with bitter chocolate and blackberry flavors. The wine is dense, the fruit enormous. But it does manage to keep freshness.
Features plenty of flash and sizzle, with gorgeous, inviting mocha, espresso and chocolate notes up front, backed by a dense core of plum sauce, cassis, blackberry puree and blueberry reduction accents. Long, showing terrific polish, with a lovely lingering loam note and a buried singed apple wood edge that keeps everything driving through the finish. Best from 2016 through 2035.
This is a wine with split personality. The nose is luxurious, bordering on soppy, but open and lots of fun, with typical overripe aromas of dried apricot and blackberry jam. The palate, though, is packed with tannin and drying oak, as well as surprising, disjointed acid (something I noticed in the second wine too in this vintage). Good concentration and length, but will it ever knit
This is a gorgeous bottle of Ducru-Beaucaillou with incredible intensity and depth - filled with plums, blackberries, cedar and black currant. Though the wine is clearly too young now, the potential reveals itself in the long finish and layers of concentrated flavours with firm, ripe tannins.~Jeannie Cho Lee tasted in 2013
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