No formal notes as enjoyed on an evening out with friends. The 2002 is an intense purple-red in the glass and is very aromatic from the start. The wine was beautiful after only a 30 minutes' breath in the bottle, but after an hour it was getting more and more delicious with every sip. There are soft black fruits on the nose and pallet. Acidity levels are fresh, tannins are very silky and the finish is very long. This is outstanding Saint Julien that is showing no signs of age and will likely keep for a long time to come.
Fine claret,classic nose with black currants,tobacco,lead pencil,cedar,leather.It is smooth and silky on the palate with good depth.Medium bodied the finish is long and racy.Nice Ducru ! Some of you didn't like it ... bottle problem or cellaring problem ? Drink it now and over the next 5 years.
Delicious toasty pencil lead and charcoal, prominent but not overbearing. Fine boned, refined, some dryness on the finish. Red and blue fruit, maybe some juniper. Can't see any reason why this shouldn't age a long while yet. It's full of flavour and very well put together. Certainly wouldn't pay what it is worth, however. A great wine but no value here. 94
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(Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (St Julien)) Still very dark and youthful, with a lean, dusty, claretty rim. The nose kicks of with a blast of gamey fruit as soon as it hits the decanter, then a wave of crunchy cherry and blackcurrant. With a little time in the glass it opens up to show sooty and smoky fruit, with nuances of black olive and crispy bacon, but it all still seems pretty tightly reined-in right now. The palate has a moderate weight and flesh at the start, with a crunchy fruit base, on top of which there is more of the sweet sootiness seen on the nose, with a nice grip. There is a little disconnect right now between texture and structure, and it has a rather soft and diffuse finish, but I am sure this will come together with time. Notes of green olive and a stalky edge will put many off I think, but I rather like these elements; they add a more austere and challenging aspect to the palate. Nice coating of light tannins at the end. Should pick up with time in the cellar.
(Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (St Julien)) This is dark at its core, and yet with a remarkably vibrant rim, perhaps not the densest colour here but it still has some conviction. The nose is similarly very convincing, with bacon and black liquorice at first, then cranberry, currant and cherry skin. The green notes seem distinctly less obvious than on my previous tasting a couple of years ago. There is a moderate weight to it, a very pleasing substance, admittedly gentle but for the vintage it adds a touch of fruit cream to the proceedings. The finish is less diffuse, still not with the conviction or definition of a truly great wine, nevertheless some may welcome this as it suggests flesh in what is certainly a leaner style. Good fresh acids, not dominating, and spicy grip to it in the finish. I underestimated this when I tasted it a couple of years ago; this has really come round and is, within the context of the vintage, very appealing. And what is more it is still on the way up.
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