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1996 Ducru Beaucaillou - 750 ml

97
RP-HG

Product ID: 10651-750-AS
Availability: Out of Stock
Vintage: 1996
Format: 750 ml
Color: Red
Country: France
Producer: Ducru
Rating: 97 RP-HG
Region: Bordeaux
Type of Wine: Bordeaux Red
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Description: I tasted the 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou on four separate occasions from bottle in January. 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...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.

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