Red

1985 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2002 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 209

  • lexwine Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 20, 2022 - I think that there might be bottle variations or storage issues, but this bottle we opened last night - bought recently at auction - ws just perfection. Imense nose of violets and roses with a hint of musk and leather. On the palate lots of fruit power still - this wine can go at least 5 yrs more - with a long lasting finish. Bdx does not get much better than this.

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  • VAGentleman wrote: 89 points

    May 13, 2022 - Consistent with recent prior bottle. Some stewed plum flavor over bing cherry. Lingering smoke. But on the decline.

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    February 26, 2022 - Weekend at Bernie's; 2/25/2022-2/27/2022 (Vero Beach): Drinking very well and a great start to the evening line-up. It's classic old Bordeaux in a perfect drinking window.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • vintage_whine wrote:

    February 22, 2022 - Thinner but also more focused and lively, freeness and ripeness converges to something vaguely tropical, like some of the notes you find in coonawaara. Balance and acidity and perfect. It’s an intellectual wine, you gotta see it for what it is, but then it’s inscrutable

  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    February 10, 2022 - Six Vintages of Ducru Beaucaillou: 82/85/95/06/17/18. This mini vertical beautifully showcased that Ducru Beaucaillou is certainly one of the better left bank estates to cope with climate change: it still produces mineral/earth-driven, not too ripe wines with the signature St. Julien fresh blue fruit character. While there have been great wines before (the 1985 & 1982 were on fire and the best wines of the evening), the quality is steadily improving: even though I’m not the biggest fan of the 2017/2018 vintages in Bordeaux, these were some of the very best Bdxs from this vintage I’ve had to date. Ducru remains my favorite St. Julien estate thanks to more depth and more finesse than Leoville Barton (2nd), higher approachability and consistency than Las Cases (3rd) and less ripeness and more freshness than Poyferre (4th).

    TN: Deep and dark nose with dark berries, quite strong minty notes and very beautiful mushroom and truffle notes, minerality. Some clove notes. Much more interesting, complex and precise than the 1995 in the next glass. On the palate this is amazing. The drinkabilty is so high, you could drink liters of it. Nice, highly elegant not too ripe dark berries, surrounded by a lot of tertiary aromas of tobacco, black truffles, mushrooms, wet forest floor, some spices and mint. High complexity and quite impressive precision. The tannins are molten but the wine still shows a lot of tension, the acidity is medium and perfectly integrated. The wine shows a wonderful creaminess and no excess of everything. The finish might be a touch short or at least not keeping up with the magnificant nose and palate experience. Overall great harmony and in a perfect drinking window today. Won‘t get any better. Yes, it has much less concentration than the 1982 but in exchange you get a perfectly mature, full teritary Bordeaux expression of the best kind. With time this loses a bit of its expression which shows that this is right on its peak today and won‘t get any better. 96 in the beginning, rather 94 towards the end.

    Decanting: PnP from a 100ml glass/screwcap tube sealed with argon directly from the Chateau. As mentioned above, this lost a bit of steam towards the end. I would not decant this wine. PnP is the way to go.

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, 1985 Claret The Finest Bordeaux Vintage of the 1980s

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2012, Issue #39, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou: One of Bordeaux’s Greatest Estates

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2004 (link) 94 points

    (Château Ducru-Beaucaillou) Earthy caramel nose; tasty, lovely, subtle, mature Bordeaux fruit with caramel, cherry and coffee; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien
  • UPC Codes 002166000092, 3364420009805, 3364420026420, 400001878156, 802236000355

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 31 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,152 (58%)
  • Consumed 1,538 (41%)

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Community Recommendations

Beef, Game, Lamb, Poultry, Ribeye Steaks, steak

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95% Like It  64 votes

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