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Ducru Beaucaillou 1995

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
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Tasting Notes

The 1995 Ducru-Beaucaillou, matured in two-thirds new oak, has a very refined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, rose petal and cedar aromas, very focused and sophisticated. The palate is well balanced with sour red cherries, balsamic and cedar notes, vibrant and full of energy, though you might well argue it doesn’t quite have the panache and complexity of ensuing vintages on the finish. But it is certainly ageing well and is drinking perfectly now. Tasted at the Ducru Beaucaillou vertical at the château. 2021-2040

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2022
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Proprietor Bruno Borie noted this was a somewhat unusual blend this year: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. After this vintage, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot would no longer be included in the blend. Medium to deep brick in color, the 1995 Ducru-Beaucaillou explodes from the glass with bombastic notes of Indian spices, plum preserves, fruitcake and dried figs with nuances of potpourri, star anise, bouquet garni and espresso. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of exotic spices and preserved black fruits, framed by firm, finely grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic impact and length. Mature and drinking well now, there's still a good 12-15 years of kick left in this thoroughbred. 2020 - 2035

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Aug 2020 W), August 2020
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Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Once again, this wine is of first-growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open-knit inaccessible than the 1996, Ducru's 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color folowed by knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract and ripeness, not sugar), layers of flavors good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru Beaucaillou that should not be missed. Drink 2003-2025.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998

Tasted at Farr’s Ducru-Beaucaillou dinner at the Ledbury. Consistent notes with a fabulous Saint Julien that is only just beginning to reach its drinking plateau. The nose is ripe and opulent with hints of wild mint that lend it a Pauillac-like allure. The palate is medium-bodied with cranberry; red cherry and cedar on the entry, a first wave of sweet fruit but then a more structured, masculine finish that is just beginning to mellow. Excellent.

Neal Martin, November 2011
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