Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France 1998

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"...this is a wonderful 1998 Saint Julien. Probably one of the most elegant Ducru Beaucaillou wines in recent years."

Total £135.00
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Grape Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 30%
Optimum Drinking 2020-2025
Winemaker Bruno Borie
Organic No
Reviewer Score 94
SKU 100005
ABV 13.00%

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou's 1998 is drinking beautifully now - a fine red wine from a tricky Bordeaux vintage.

Under the late Jean-Eugène Borie, one of Bordeaux's real gentlemen, Ducru-Beaucaillou, which possesses a wonderful sweeping panoramic views over the Gironde, rose to stardom in the latter part of last century, with a succession of scintillating vintages. The estate is named after the beautiful stones found in its unique wine-growing soils, and today the château is managed by the affable and welcoming Bruno-Eugène Borie (Jean-Eugène's son).

"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

"...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."

"It has a lucid ruby hue with very little ageing on the rim. The bouquet is ripe, almost heady in style, glossy perhaps with kirsch, maraschino cherries, vanilla and crushed rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, dense black fruit laced with game, allspice, white pepper and leather. This is a more sinewy take on the vineyard compared to the more refined and finessed wines under Bruno Borie today, although there is plenty of freshness here and it will continue to age for several years." Neal Martin

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