1999 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The deep purple-colored 1999 Ducru Beaucaillou, which represents 60% of the crop, offers aromas of crushed stones, raspberry liqueur, and black currants. This sweet, pure, and harmonious wine possesses elegance, finesse, and multiple nuances rather than power, concentration, and structure. This is Bordeaux at its finest. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Aromas of black cherry, minerals and graphite. Sweet and harmonious, with impressive vivacity and purity of flavor for '99. Strong mineral and graphite notes contribute complexity. Not overly fleshy but fresh and sharply delineated, with excellent intensity. A very sophisticated wine, showing well today.
I love the aromas of chocolate, walnut, dark berries and flowers. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Really silky. Just coming around now. Yes.--'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (Web Only--2010)
We really liked Ducru Beaucaillou. This wine is the real deal - pure fruit. Red licorice notes, and sexy, exotic, ultra-sweet fruit. The nose of jam and minerals leaps out of the glass. It’s an elegant wine with great length. A classic claret in the new world style. Tremendous! Blend of 73% cabernet sauvignon and 27% merlot. According to Wine Advocate: "Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is for many, the quintessential Saint Julien; a name revered by connoisseurs from the Home Counties of England to Oriental collectors..."