Ducru Beaucaillou vertical tasting (Metropolitan wine cellar, HK): A young Ducru to get the tasting event started. Dark inky core with tightness on the aromatics, dark cassis on the outset, light senses of licorice, tobacco, spice and stone lack a bit of focus. Mouth feel is medium bodied, clean, plush and accompanied by red/black berry and herbal spices. No hard edges to this young Ducru, yet not much excitement in its structural build either, maybe because of it youth but more so due to the vintage perhaps.
Tasted at a 2011 merchant event. Medium purple. Discrete nose of some spices, tobacco and dark fruit. On the palate soft and medium bodied, big resemblance in aroma and style to the Leoville Poyferre. Here we have more wood and the quality of the fruit at LP also has the upper hand. If mature this should still be a decent Ducru. Confirms my verdict that 2011 is really a bad vintage. While I don't mind lighter vintages (e.g., 2007) they should then at least be soft and early drinking to have an inherent value proposition. 2011 is neither.
With an earthy, herbal, olive and blackberry nose, this forward styled, open wine is light, fresh, clean and silky. Dominated by sweet, ripe black cherries in the end note, this will be drinkable on release and will get better with age. This is a very sold performance in a difficult vintage.
Produced from a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, which reached 13.10% alcohol, the wine will be aged in 95% new oak for 18 months. With the lowest yields in 25 years, production will be close to 25% less than in the previous vintage. Deep ruby in color, with purple accents around the rim, blackberry, truffle, tobacco, earth, cassis, smoke, licorice and black cherry scents are found with little effort. Plush, ripe, silky tannins and a fresh, ripe blackberry, black cherry and spicy plum finish are the hallmarks of this wine. 93 – 95 Pts
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