1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
A monster in its infancy. Almost black in color, with intense cassis, herb and mint aromas and superrich, dense cassis and licorice flavors. May last forever. (TM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
At 16 years of age, this wine continues to taste more like a 5 to 7-year-old Bordeaux. The color is a handsome dark ruby with just a bit of pink at the edge. The wine exhibits sweet red and black currant fruit intermixed with wet stones, spice, and flowers. Medium-bodied and still moderately tannic, but very concentrated, this firmly structured, slightly austere wine has tremendous upside to it. By the way, this was the first vintage where I began to notice on some bottles the wet cement/damp cardboard aromas that were far more increasingly evident in the subsequent vintages, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990. Interestingly, the last five times I have tasted the 1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou, they were totally pristine bottles. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030. Last tasted, 5/02. (90+)
90 points Neal Martin: "This was a good bottle that is ageing well. The nose displays fine intensity with dark plum, blackberry, graphite and just that touch of oyster shell with well-integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, missing the delineation of a top-flight Ducru but jam-packed with ripe black fruits towards the long finish. It just misses the precision of today’s wines, but is still a delicious Saint Julien. Tasted November 2011."