CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU
2002 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot. In contrast to the Grand Puy Lacoste in the same 'stable', Ducru is sweet to taste, round and ripe, all of one piece, tannins fine but very present giving a feel of volume, an impression of lots of dry extract. Lots of fruit too, complex mulberry and plum, the whole thing wonderfully long and warm. L&S (Mar 2005)
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It is good to see this wine showing much better from bottle than it did from barrel, where it had a certain leanness and herbaceousness. There is still a hint of dried herbs in the classy nose of red and black currants, cedar wood, and spice box. The wine has a deep ruby/purple-tinged color, excellent density, and medium body in an elegant style with a hint of road tar and sweet fruit. It should drink well young but age nicely for 12-15 years. Make no mistake about it, it has nowhere near the size, dimension, power, and intensity of the 2003. Of course, this estate is now being run by Bruno Borie, the eldest son of the late Jean-Eugene Borie. He replaced his younger brother, Xavier Borie, who remains fully responsible for Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Haut-Batailley. Rating: 89-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Mar 2005)
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