2003 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou
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"This is one of the finest Ducru Beaucaillous made in the last 20 to 25 years. Certainly in the spirit of the 1982, the wine is atypically opulent and viscous, but still carrie...
- 96 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"One of the most compelling Ducru Beaucaillou’s made in the last quarter century is the 2003 (which is also the first vintage to be packaged in an impressive heavy glass bottle with a special long cork). A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, it is a powerful, tannic, blockbuster effort revealing a liqueur of mineral-like component intermixed with creme de cassis, raspberry, and flower characteristics, and an atypically high 13.5% alcohol. Having firmed up considerably since bottling, it exhibits tremendous definition, weight, and concentration. It is a wine for patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+. A brilliant tour de force!"
"This is one of the finest Ducru Beaucaillous made in the last 20 to 25 years. Certainly in the spirit of the 1982, the wine is atypically opulent and viscous, but still carries its trademark St.-Julien elegance. Deep ruby/purple in color with a sweet nose of jammy cassis intermixed with flowers and some of the tell-tale wet stone/minerality of this estate on display, it is viscous, voluptuously textured, and exceptionally concentrated, with low acidity and relatively high alcohol for this estate (13%). This is great stuff that should drink reasonably well young but age effortlessly for 20-25 years. The final blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+. 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."