1970 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine has been fully mature and delicious for many years, so I was not surprised by how stunning this bottle was. It has always been an outstanding wine for the vintage - complex, rich, savory, and the quintessentially elegant Bordeaux. This beauty continues to reveal the fragrance and finesse that one expects from Lafite-Rothschild but so rarely finds. A fragrant, complex bouquet of cedar, herbs, vanillin, fruitcake, and coffee is followed by a soft, gentle, graciously-constructed wine with sweet layers of fruit. I am not sure how much longer the 1970 Ducru will keep, but from regular bottle, it is delicious and should be consumed. How nice it would be to have a stock of magnums of this wine in the cellar!
Deep garnet; spicy cassis and tar nose is ripe and full; rich, full, chewy and fruity; at its peak; a very classy claret.
The epitome of classic claret. Perfect balance, gorgeous ruby color with brick edge; cedar notes and herbal overtones marry with understated cherry fruit. This is a rarity. In a highly inflated market, 1970 Ducru Beaucaillou is worth the price. Clyde rates this as one of the best 1970 Bordeaux you could find; rich, round and full. (Clyde Beffa Jr.) A perfect five stars from Michael Broadbent: "One of the best of the 1970s. Three recent though variable notes. Deep; harmonious; sweet, rich, perfect balance and condition. Most recently: not very clear cut, but good. Last tasted March 2005." (Pocket Vintage Wine Companion)