1970 Ducru Beaucaillou, St-Julien (high shoulder fill, scuffed label)
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! (RP)
Deep garnet; spicy cassis and tar nose is ripe and full; rich, full, chewy and fruity; at its peak; a very classy claret.
Four stars from critic Michael Broadbent in his book Vintage Wine: "Leaving aside Latour, I rate Ducru and Chaval Blanc as the best of the '70s...Most recently, a very good bottle..." 90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served at the chateau 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 dialled down. Nevertheless, it remains commendably elegant towards the finish..." (07/2010)