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2016 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St-Julien, 2me cru classé
(OWC)

This is a Bordeaux future; earliest anticipated arrival is Fall 2019. help
 
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PRICE:
$1,122.50 per 12 Half Bottles (375ml) (owc)

SIZE:
375ml

AVAILABLE:
4 groups

 

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TASTING NOTES

"Perfect aroma of cedar, the racy texture of a premier cru, a precise finale, one of this vintage’s summits in the Médoc." Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 56
(WFW, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 98


"Very focused and reserved with a mineral, blackberry, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and refined. Walking a tightrope between steely tannins and and dark fruit. This is highly intellectual and unique. Great finish. Remake of the extraordinary 2014? Stronger than the 2015, for sure." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 04/04/2017)

Rating: 97-98


"The 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot cropped at 36 hectoliters per hectare between 24 September and 14 October and matured in 100% new oak barrels (for a total of 18 months). The alcohol level comes in at 13.63% with a pH of 3.71. The bouquet is very closed at first, and so I aerated the Grand Vin by transferring from one glass to another. It gradually unfurls to reveal scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm backbone cloaked in layers of black fruit. The new oak is probably more present here than some of its peers, but there is more than sufficient substance to absorb that. The mineralité surfaces right towards the persistent finish, completing what is a Ducru Beaucaillou built for the long term." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230
(WA, 04/24/2017)

Rating: 96-98
Drink from: 2026-2065


"One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou is simply magnificent. Vertical structure and intensity in all of its dimensions make a strong opening statement. Dark blue and black fruit, spice, new leather and smoke run through this superb, spectacularly rich, voluptuous Saint-Julien. The tannins are present, but they are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Nothing really stands out. In the end, the 2016 is a wine of spectacular balance and pure class. The natural richness comes through in the gravitas and profoundness of the finish. Even with all of its intensity, the 2016 comes in at just 13.5% alcohol. Tasted two times." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 94-97


"This is lovely from the get-go, with notes of warm ganache and incense in front of a core of alluring crushed blueberry, açai and cassis flavors. Polished and suave on the finish." Wine Spectator
(WS, 04/06/2017)

Rating: 91-94


"Very dark. Racy and sinewy with lots of richness and energy. Smooth and supple and quite sweet – arguably too sweet? – but with masses of tannins buried down there. Blackberry compote mixed with health juice. 13.63%." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/18/2017)

Rating: 17
Drink from: 2026-2046


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