2006 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)
94-96 points Robert Parker: "Similar in style to the 1996, proprietor Bruno Borie continues to curtail yields, now producing just under 10,000 cases of the grand vin, and the rest of the production going into the increasingly high quality second wine, La Croix de Ducru Beaucaillou. The backward, tannic, dense purple-colored 2006 Ducru Beaucaillou offers sweet mineral-infused black cherry and cassis fruit interwoven with notions of graphite and truffles. Powerful, pure, rich, and intense, it should be at its peak between 2017-2035." (04/07) 95 points and one the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009: "Very perfumed and beautiful, showing blackberry and raspberry aromas, with hints of vanilla. Deep and complex. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, powerful finish. Excellent for the vintage. Best after 2015." (03/09) K&L's notes - Very spicy wine. Aristocratic-great structure and balance. Classic style, not as opulent as their 2005. Lots of power but still in balance. Like a combination of 1995 and 1996. ** Ralph Sands: Serious grapey fruit. Pure and deep, long in the mouth. Superb tannin control. Sweet, regal fruit with hints of black licorice. So elegant-will be very long lived. Alex Brisoux: concentrated ripe black fruit, masculine wine, tobacco, good structure. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and Dec 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.