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Ducru Beaucaillou Original Wood Case 2000

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou:
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful, large stones found in its unique wine-growing terroir. This exceptional ecosystem produces fine, elegant, tasty wines, with a long finish – in short, archetypal Saint-Julien wines. Perched on an exceptional site with incomparable views over the Gironde estuary, in the centre of a hundred-year-old park, Ducru-Beaucaillou is a majestic, Vict... Read more
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful, large stones found in its unique wine-growing terroir. This exceptional ecosystem produces fine, elegant, tasty wines, with a long finish – in short, archetypal Saint-Julien wines. Perched on an exceptional site with incomparable views over the Gironde estuary, in the centre of a hundred-year-old park, Ducru-Beaucaillou is a majestic, Victorian-style castle, which has, over time, become one of the great symbols of the Médoc. Unusually for Bordeaux, it is built directly above the barrel cellars, enveloping its owners, who have lived here for over sixty years, in the sumptuous aromas of their wine. Today, the estate is managed by the company Jean Eugène Borie SA, which is owned by Mrs Borie, her daughter Sabine Coiffe and her son Bruno-Eugène, CEO since 2003, the third generation of the Borie family to head the estate. There are very close links between this estate and the five families who have been its successive owners. The estate’s history starts at the very beginning of the 13th century. Owned by the Bergeron family from 1720, the estate rapidly obtained a good reputation, in France and abroad: as early as this, visitors came from Scandinavia. The Municipal archives in Bordeaux dating from the French Revolution reveal that a sword and pistol were confiscated by the authorities from some Swedes, who were staying in the castle at the time. The estate was sold in 1795 to Bertrand Ducru who added his name to that of the castle, which then became known as “Ducru-Beaucaillou”. Ducru hired Parisian architect Paul Abadie to renovate the residence. The architect transformed it into a charterhouse in the Directoire style, adding a floor and an elegant façade which looks out over the eastern bank of the Gironde estuary, where, the intense 18th-century maritime traffic provided an animated show of sea-faring ships. Read less

Member Reviews for Ducru Beaucaillou Original Wood Case

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
07/20/2010

Taking on a nice aged Bordeaux character. Smokey with hints of vanilla in the nose. Good acid and earthy character. Nice long finish.


Snooth User: lingprof
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3.00 5
08/01/2010

It was smooth, but I didn't think the finish was particularly strong (sorry Jancis!).


Snooth User: William Djubin
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4.50 5
02/28/2014

Un-real that I have an opportunity to taste the Vintage that proposed this Wine to be promoted to 2nd or 1st growth. 98 points I remember. Tasted 2/28/2014 and she was perfect Saint Julien. Enjoy RIGHT Now... She is perfect to decant and enjoy NOW> Barrel tasting review.


Snooth User: JonasH
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4.00 5
11/17/2009

Great, very classic Pauillac red, super to enjoy now if decanted well in advance or can be kept another 10 years.


External Reviews for Ducru Beaucaillou Original Wood Case

External Review
05/22/2011

A thoroughly outstanding wine, sleek and racy with loads of character. Intense floral and blackberry aromas, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Give it time. Best after 2003.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/01/2012

($100-$135) Bright ruby-red, less saturated than the 2002. Very pure aromas of cassis, minerals and mocha, with a hint of raw berries. Juicy, pure and tightly wound, with intense flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, espresso and licorice. Broad... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Ducru Beaucaillou 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/30/2009

Ruby-red. Reticent but pure aromas of cassis, blueberry, minerals, Cuban cigar tobacco and deep spices. Quite closed in the mouth today, with subtly complex dark berry and spice flavors. Not exactly dense but sappy and rather pliant. Finishes with su... Stephen Tanzer. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2000 Ducru Beaucaillou 3000ml


External Review
05/22/2011

Once again, this wine is of first-grown quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open-knit and accessible than the 1996, Ducru's 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwines with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract, not sugar), layers of flavors, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025.


External Review
05/22/2011

Bottled in late June, 1998, the 1996 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. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.


External Review
05/22/2011

Bright medium ruby. Deep, superripe aromas of dark berries, black cherry and bitter chocolate; slightly exotic crystallized fruit aspect. Dense, sweet and wonderfully rich; a lovely combination of palate-caressing chocolately fruit and firm underlying structure. Finishes with excellent grip and great palate-saturating sweetness. Another outstanding 1996 Médoc wine in the making. Drink 2010 through 2030.


External Review
05/22/2011

Bright red-ruby color. Knockout aromas of cassis, licorice, minerals, lead pencil and roast coffee. Penetrating, vibrant and very intensely flavored; in the classis dried Ducru style, but with superb, palate-staining fruit and brilliant delineation. Very long and very complex on the back end. Really classic claret.


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