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Community Tasting Notes (230) Avg Score: 93.6 points

  • Drank this beauty over 3 hours. It is young and vibrant but in a great place. It took about an hour of air for it to develop but once it did it was off to the races. It was complex but fruit driven. No doubt this will continue to evolve gracefully but it was great to taste it in this phase.

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  • I last reviewed this in July 2018, when I scored it 95. This is my 6th tasting of this beauty since release. It’s less flamboyant than it was then, less floral, less ripe fruit. I think this is entering a “dumb” stage as it is currently showing lots of tobacco, red pepper, sorrel, lemon thyme, and bitter chocolate. Tannins are powerful but silky and well integrated. The restraint on the moderate finish is a good clue that it’s early drinking window is closing. It wasn’t much different, maybe just a little softer, after a 5 hour decant. I’ll not open another bottle for a few years; as it will probably gain 2-3 points as it transitions from herbaceous to more appealing secondary qualities; it will wake up.

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  • Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Blind. Shows just the slightest bit of bricking at the meniscus, but the core is still youthfully dark and opaque garnet. Opens with a perfumed floral quality, quite pretty, with black currants underneath. It develops a powdery note along with some red fruit elements. Somewhat firm on the palate, it's hard to believe this is 20 years old. Flavors of red plum, currants and green tobacco. Remains pretty and primarily black-fruited as it sits in the glass. Lengthy finish. I guessed that this was one of the five Pauillacs and settled on Lynch Bages.

    My #2, Domino's #4
    Group #3, 49 pts
    2015 finish: not tasted

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  • Drank at Home
    Rich velvety and pure. Lot's of life

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  • Round, full and resolved after three hours of decanting. It started to show layers of fruit, smoke, cassis and herbs. Very enjoyable now with lots of life left.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou Saint Julien) Login and sign up and see review text.
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    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/22/2004, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Château Ducru-Beaucaillou) Rich, plummy, berry, caramel nose; tasty, tight but structured, roasted fruit, plum and espresso palate; medium finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2004, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 89 points

    (Château Ducru-Beaucaillou) Nice cassis, blackberry nose; tasty, tart cherry fruit, very tight right now; short-medium finish 89+ pts.

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