Lot 6


CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1990 (1)
St. Julien. 2ième Cru Classé
u. vts.

CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1995 (1)
St. Julien. 2ième Cru Classé

CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1996 (2)
St. Julien. 2ième Cru Classé
u. 1vts.

The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it 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. It will be fascinating for readers who own the 1996 to follow the evolution of this exceptional vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035. 96 WA


4 bts. per lot $700 - $1,000

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