The 1982 is still 5-8 years away from full maturity, but it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged more slowly than I initially expected. It is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou produced after the 1961 and before the 2003. (RP)
This is a wine that I had forgotten about. It shows beautiful sweet tobacco, flowers, and currants on the nose. It’s full body, silky with fine tannins. It’s ready and pretty.
Never one of the supple, fleshy 1982s, this Ducru has nonetheless shed its slight austerity and now makes for wonderful drinking, structure supporting rather than masking fruit. A rather reserved father has mellowed into an approachable grandfather, its distinction now balanced by charm. 18/20 Points (AH)
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