Ducru-Beaucaillou Owc 2000
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Taking on a nice aged Bordeaux character. Smokey with hints of vanilla in the nose. Good acid and earthy character. Nice long finish.
It was smooth, but I didn't think the finish was particularly strong (sorry Jancis!).
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.
Great, very classic Pauillac red, super to enjoy now if decanted well in advance or can be kept another 10 years.
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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.
The greatest Ducru produced this century. Breathtaking aromas of berries, violets, vanilla and blackberries set the stage for a wine that's full-bodied and tannic, yet very fine and long in the mouth. This Bordeaux has fabulous structure for aging and will be best after 2004.
The 2001 is a medium-bodied, pure example displaying notes of red and black currants intermixed with minerals, spice box, and hints of cedar as well as toast. A late harvest (October 1-12) produced a surprisingly fruit-driven, pure, up-front 2001 Ducru. Xavier Borie thinks this blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc is "better than the 1999, riper, denser, and fuller." When tasted next to the 1999, the only difference is a firmer style of tannin in the 2001, whereas the 1999 is pure charm and elegance. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2016.
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.
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.
One of the most compelling Ducru Beaucaillou's made in the last quarter century is the 2003 (which is also the first vintage to be packaged in an impressive heavy glass bottle with a special long cork). A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, it is a powerful, tannic, blockbuster effort revealing a liqueur of mineral-like component intermixed with creme de cassis, raspberry, and flower characteristics, and an atypically high 13.5% alcohol. Having firmed up considerably since bottling, it exhibits tremendous definition, weight, and concentration. It is a wine for patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+. A brilliant tour de force!
($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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