Red

1998 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2006 - 2021 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 154

  • liber Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 28, 2020 - 7th of 12, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, more harmonious than last July's bottle, liquorice notes toned down with cassis fruit to the fore, if without the drive and excitement of bottles a couple of years ago, maybe more pleasurable though less intellectually fine than previous night's 95, fully mature but no rush. F+ (18).

  • tigertony wrote:

    March 26, 2020 - Hi Guys, what’s a bottle worth?

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 13, 2020 - This has really come together in the last year losing its rougher edges, and is typically forward for the St. Juliians of the vintage. The nose is deep but restrained, with tannin now smooth. Full of dark berry fruits with residual spice, the palate is complex and layered. My previous criticism of the finish is now resolved, and it is well balanced and with decent length. It is an elegant wine drinking at its peak, and there is no reason to not be enjoying this now with an hour or two in the decanter. 94+

  • UliVinum Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 29, 2019 - Super elegant wine.

  • dnnk88 Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 19, 2019 - Palate of black fruits, black peppers, mint leaves, spices, with green tertiaries. Long mint leaf finish. Nice tannins. Classy and structured. This is lively but open soon. Enjoyed this tonight. The Bordeaux 1998s are drinking beautifully now.

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  • By Neal Martin
    A Century of Bordeaux: The Eights (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

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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 Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

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    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2001 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou St Julien) Fantastic and focused on the nose, with lots of firm yet elegant fruit. The palate has elegance, structure, with nicely extracted stony and mineral fruit. There are plenty of peppery tannins in the background. This will be a superb wine.

  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2012 (link) 17.5 points

    (Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (St Julien)) A very dark, dense, matt appearance with a red-black hue. The nose has a similarly dark feel to it, with a fruit character closest to gritty blackcurrant and damson skin, and although there is a sooty depth to it suggesting concentration and structure, there is also a freshness to it in the fruit style. There are some more evolved elements too, savoury notes of black olive, tinged with an earthy seam bringing forth suggestions of cigar. There is a hint of green olive too. It is dark but not reticent, but certainly on the cusp between primary fruit and early secondary development. The freshness comes through on the palate, which has a linear structure to it which frames a fresh, dark, savoury palate, concentrated but miles from any of the accusations of sweet and creamy flesh that might be thrown at modern Bordeaux; those who wonder what has happened to Bordeaux might do well to take a look at this. Notes of roasted meat through the middle, seared and flavoursome, with a tense and sappy frame. Long in the finish, supple but drily formed, elegantly composed rather than grippy, this is a wine that is nicely evolved structurally but which has more to give in terms of aroma and interest I think. Delicious and full of potential.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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 0649944033509, 3364420008365, 3364420009805, 714153212950

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 75 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,703 (69%)
  • Consumed 1,145 (29%)

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