1986 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien 6x750ml


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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Vinous – 86

The 1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou has been variable over the years due to the roof taint. This one? Well, it is not offensive, but it is rather innocuous, anonymous for such a great Left Bank vintage, lacking delineation and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins, simple but balanced with a slightly tart finish. I would happily drink it, but considering the stature of both château and vintage, it ought to have been miles better. Tasted at the Ducru Beaucaillou vertical at the château. [Neal Martin, 21/07/2022]

Anticipated maturity: 2021-2025

Robert Parker – 94

Medium brick in color with a touch of brown, the 1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou reveals growing notes of dried mulberries, kirsch and raisin cake with nuances of celery salt, dried bay leaves, truffles and charcuterie plus hints of old leather sofa and fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has quite a powerful structure with firm, chewy tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular, dried berries flavors, finishing long with a dried mint kick. Readers should note that this vintage fell within a notoriously patchy period at Ducru, where the cellar is likely to have fallen victim to TCA or a TCA-like taint, and it appears some bottles were impacted from 1986 to 1994. By 1995, the chateau had a completely new vat room/cellar and the problem ceased. Therefore, there could be some bottle variation to be had with this vintage. This bottle, however, was pristine, tasted at the chateau. [Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 13/05/2020]

Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040

JancisRobinson.com – 16.0

Very deep colour with slight evolution at the rim. Clean, dense and refreshing with some dryness on the finish. Austere, chewy and with noticeable tannin at the end. This is a wine which is dry in both senses: not sweet and extremely tough. [23/09/2002]

Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015

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