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1986 Ducru Beaucaillou - Red Wine


1986 Ducru Beaucaillou

St. Julien Bordeaux

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A monster in its infancy. Almost black in color, with intense cassis, herb and mint aromas and superrich, dense cassis and licorice flavors. May last forever.--Ducru-Beaucaillou vertical. –TM
Wine Spectator 95

At 16 years of age, this wine continues to taste more like a 5 to7-year-old Bordeaux. The color is a handsome dark ruby with just a bit of pink at the edge. The wine exhibits sweet red and black currant fruit intermixed with wet stones, spice, and flowers. Medium-bodied and still moderately tannic, but very concentrated, this firmly structured, slightly austere wine has tremendous upside to it. By the way, this was the first vintage where I began to notice on some bottles the wet cement/damp cardboard aromas that were far more increasingly evident in the subsequent vintages, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990. Interestingly, the last five times I have tasted the 1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou, they were totally pristine bottles. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030.
Robert Parker 90+

Item: wine-179386
Year: 1986
Producer: Ducru Beaucaillou
Designation: St. Julien
Varietal: Red Wine
Region: Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate: 90-91
Wine Spectator: 95