Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1998

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 1998

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 30% Wine Style: Full Bodied Red Winemaker: Bruno Borie Optimum Drinking: 2016-2025 Reviewer Rating: 94 Reviewer: Code: 100005 Alcohol: 13%
Estate Notes

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou's 1998 is drinking beautifully right now, with plenty of promise still in bottle too - a great effort from a tricky Bordeaux vintage.

Ducru-Beaucaillou is right at the top of the ladder in Saint-Julien, and it is known as a 'Super Second' – a second growth producing wines equal or superior to the illustrious first growths. The Château is named after the beautiful stones (beaux cailloux) found in its unique wine-growing soils, and is managed by the affable and welcoming Bruno-Eugene Borie, whose family has owned the estate for over 60 years.


“Classy aromas of cassis, blueberry, licorice and coconut; floral and minty nuances add to its complexity…vibrant and consistent on the palate; this has good concentration and fullness for a '98. Firm, subtle and long on the aftertaste.” Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

"...this is a wonderful 1998 Saint Julien. Like the 1999, it begins quite taciturn on the nose but opens up with a little patience. Darker fruit than the 1999, briary, cedar, cigar box, stronger sous-bois aromas with a hint of iodine, swelling with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent red-berried fruit that actually remind me of the 1995. There is a citrus thread running through this wine, very focused and demonstrating supreme elegance on the finish, those supple tannins ‘tickling’ the palate with their charms. Probably one of the most elegant Ducru Beaucaillou wines in recent years."