1983 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien SKU #950349


RP 91
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4 stars Michael Broadbent: "The best of nine of its peers in 1993, its bouquet fully developed, fragrant, a touch of figs, very sweet, chewy, attractive in 1998 and showing well at the Decanter tasting [Dec 1999]: mature, good flavour, good length - for an 83." According to Wine Advocate: "Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is for many, the quintessential St-Julien; a name revered by connoisseurs from the Home Counties of England to Oriental collectors. Under the aegis of Francis Borie and his son Jean-Eugène, a succession of admirable wines established Ducru-Beaucaillou as one of finest exponents of Cabernet Sauvignon in the whole of Bordeaux...The vines of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou cover 50-hectares that surround the château building, stretching down the escarpment towards the bank of the Gironde estuary though stopping short of the actual river where the alluvial soils are too fertile for vine production. The soil profile consists of a 6-to-8-metre bed of Gunzian gravel characterized by visibly large stones originating from the Massif Central and the Pyrenees. These stones, which can measure up to 2.5 inches in width, benefit drainage and aeration (the name Beaucaillou literally translates as 'beautiful stones')."


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