I have been a big fan of the 1970 Ducru-Beaucaillou, but in the past I have always found it just a half step behind the superb 1966. However, the most recent tasting seemed to indicate that the wine is showing more structural integrity and greater depth than it did for the last decade and a half, and it may well be that the wine has simply remained a bit young and I have been underestimating it in the past. This most recent bottle offers up a stunning and still youthful nose of cassis, black cherries, a touch of red currant, cigar smoke, nutskins, hints of blood orange, gravel, fresh herbs and a touch of tobacco ash. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very suave on the attack, with excellent mid-palate depth, moderate tannins, very good acidity and outstanding length and grip on the perfectly balanced and complex finish. Just a beautiful vintage for Ducru. (Drink between 2012-2040) 94+
Served at the château at their Vinexpo banquet from magnum and despite the perfect provenance, this did nothing to convince me that the’ 70 is in gradual decline. The bouquet has a slight mustiness to it, Provencal herbs, saddle leather, hints of black tea, cedar and undergrowth. The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced but the fruit seems a little faded, as if the contrast has been dialed down. Nevertheless, it remains commendably elegant towards the finish that seems a little sharp and volatile. (NM)
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