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1995 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien

SKU #1076187 95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Subtle yet aromatic character of Indian spices, currants and dried cherries. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. Wonderful texture. Classy and structured. Long. This was wine of the year in 1998; well deserved. (JS, Web Only-2007) Inner quote mark

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark I love the style and shape of the very classic 1995 Ducru, which is the most promising vintages here in the decade of the 1990s. The utterly classic nose soars from the glass in a refined and timeless mélange of cassis, dark berries, cigar ash, fresh herbs, tons of gravelly soil tones, a discreet base of cedary new wood and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very suave on the attack, with a rock solid core of sweet black fruit, blossoming layers of complexity, impeccable focus and balance and a very long, primary and still fairly tannic finish. It remains young days for the 1995 Ducru-Beaucaillou, but this will be a brilliant wine in the fullness of time. (Drink between 2020-2075) 94+ Inner quote mark (5/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This wine is of first-growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open-knit and accessible than the extraordinary 1996, Ducru's 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract and ripeness, not sugar), layers of flavor, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/1998)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright dark ruby. Knockout perfumed nose of great purity: cassis, violet, minerals and bitter chocolate. A penetrating wine of outstanding vinosity and verve; offers great tensile strength. Youthfully tight, classic claret whose extremely long finish features very fine tannins. I'm not convinced Ducru has made a wine in recent vintages to equal its '95 and '96 releases. (ST) 94+ Inner quote mark (7/2002)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark This was served blind alongside Ridge Monte Bello 1995 and seemed much fresher. The palate had real life and energy to it and the finish was dry and lively after some fruit that was pretty rich for bordeaux. Great balance - Bordeaux's calling card? (JR) 17.5/20 Inner quote mark (7/2014)

K&L Notes

In 1998, Wine Spectator awarded this wine 97 points and hailed it as "the greatest Ducru produced this century." (JS, 01/1998) 94 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Farr’s Ducru-Beaucaillou dinner at the Ledbury. Consistent notes with a fabulous Saint Julien that is only just beginning to reach its drinking plateau. The nose is ripe and opulent with hints of wild mint that lend it a Pauillac-like allure. The palate is medium-bodied with cranberry; red cherry and cedar on the entry, a first wave of sweet fruit but then a more structured, masculine finish that is just beginning to mellow. Excellent." (11/2011)

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