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Ducru Beaucaillou 2002

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

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Tasting Notes

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.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. The nose is a little disjointed, quite savoury and smoky, lacking the purity of some of the other so-called Super Seconds. The palate is full-bodied, ripe, tannic and chewy with a leafy, slightly green finish. I think there are far superior Ducru's than the '02. Tasted October 2009.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2009

Drink 2010-16 Very attractive development. Juicy. More advanced than most. Readable and easy. Great balance.

Jancis Robinson MW, Farr Tasting, October 2009
Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, October 2009

A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, the 2002 Ducru Beaucaillou is an elegant, understated, medium-bodied effort offering attractive raspberry and mineral-laced fruit. However, it is light, lacks concentration as well as complexity, and possesses a pinched finish. One of my favorite Medoc estates, this was one of the two biggest disappointments of my tastings. Although very good, it is nowhere near the quality level I expected given the vintage character, which favors the Cabernet-based wines of the Medoc. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003
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