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Ducru Beaucaillou 1982

SubregionSt Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux1982Ducru Beaucaillou

Ex chateau, 2020 Release

6 bottle minimum order

BT2 \ 0244,400.001297 LPB24488.88888897.0097.00Ducru Beaucaillou0.7510
Bordeaux1982Ducru Beaucaillou

Ex Chateau, 2022 Release

BT1 \ 0124,500.001297 LPB1250097.0097.00Ducru Beaucaillou0.7510
Bordeaux1982Ducru Beaucaillou New

Ex Chateau, 2010 release

MG1 \ 065,000.00697 LPB6555.5555553333397.0097.00Ducru Beaucaillou1.510
Bordeaux1982Ducru Beaucaillou

Ex chateau, 2020 release, Individual OWC

MG0 \ 221,050.00bt97 LPB270097.0097.00Ducru Beaucaillou1.510
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Tasting Notes

"The harvest lasted 16 days from the 16th September," proprietor Bruno Borie mentioned about the 1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou. Medium brick colored, it comes galloping out of the glass with bold, expressive notes of Black Forest cake, preserved plums and mincemeat pie with hints of cigar box, star anise, eucalyptus and espresso plus wafts of roasted nuts and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, generous and opulent, the palate has beautifully ripe, fine-grained tannins and tons of youthful fruit, finishing with epically long-lasting layers of preserved black fruits and exotic spices. Drink 2020 - 2037.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Aug 2020 W), August 2020

The finest bottle I’ve had of this wine (which came from the estate), the 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou continues to drink brilliantly and is a magical Saint-Julien. Still healthy ruby hued with a mature yet insanely complex bouquet of sweet red and black fruits, cedary herbs, graphite, tobacco, and forest floor, it’s powerful yet seamless on the palate, with resolved tannins, no hard edges, and a fabulous finish. This is mature Bordeaux in all its glory. Drink bottles any time over the coming two decades. Drink 2020-2040.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2020

Still on the upside with a good 20 years of life left in it is the 1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou. This wine is firm and structured, still has a dense ruby/plum/garnet color, is full-bodied and rich with plenty of cedar wood, blackcurrants and forest floor. It is a beauty that can be drunk now, but its best days are still ahead.

Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, August 2016
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2007
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One of the all-time great Ducrus, probably matched or eclipsed by several recent vintages (i.e., 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008). The 1982 is still 5-8 years away from full maturity, but it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged more slowly than I initially expected. It is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou produced after the 1961 and before the 2003.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

One of the few top Médocs that seem to be close to full maturity, the 1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou shows a dense, almost inky, plum/garnet colour, a striking nose of minerals intermixed with cedar, black currant, autumnal leaves, and spice box. The wine is chewy and opulent, particularly for a Ducru-Beaucaillou, with a lot of flesh and concentration. The tannins are still there but are sweet, and the velvety finish is suggestive of a wine that has entered its plateau of maturity. A gorgeous effort and certainly the best Ducru-Beaucaillou until the mid- to late 1990s.

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

A wine of extraordinary aromatic complexity and finesse, this sweet effort possesses a dark ruby colour with a pink rim. Once past the gloriously complex aromatics (blueberries, blackcurrants, minerals, and underbrush), the wine reveals terrific fruit intensity, excellent harmony, medium body, sweet tannin, and a long finish. This superb, elegant 1982 has achieved full maturity, but it promises to last for another 15+ years. Drink 2000-2015

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998
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