Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 1982

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Parker : 96 / 100
J. Robinson : 18 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
At a charity dinner in Charleston, SC, the 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou from my cellar was the only corked bottle out of twenty-two. A subsequent tasting revealed one of the all-time great Ducrus, probably matched or eclipsed by several recent vintages (i.e., 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008). The 1982 is still 5-8 years away from full maturity, but it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged more slowly than I initially expected. It is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou produced after the 1961 and before the 2003. With respect to the 1990, I do not own any of this wine, but it was the last of a series of vintages between 1986 and 1990 that were affected by the TCA-like contamination in the estate's chai, which was completely destroyed and then rebuilt, eliminating the source of these smells. Not every bottle is affected by this, but I do not have any source for this vintage. Release price: ($140.00/case)
BurdeosSaint-Julien
Vineyard
Médoc

Alcohol
13.5

Dessert wine
No

Environment
Agricultura Racional

J. Robinson
18

J. Suckling
93

R. Gabriel
19

Wine Spectator
91

Country
Francia

Wine certification
AOC

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Regiones
Burdeos

Denominación
Saint-Julien

Color
Tinto

Productor
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Clasificación
2e cru classé

Parker
96

Alérgeno
Contiene sulfitos