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1978 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (high shoulder fills, oxidized capsules)

SKU #1131432 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Served at the Ducru offline in London. One of the highlights of this vertical, this is a classic 1970s Saint Julien that is aged much better than one would presuppose. The nose is leafy, unashamedly austere with cedar, cigar box and a touch of peppermint, yet there is still agreeable clarity and precision. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with sturdy but fine tannins, an “unbending”, conservative Ducru Beaucaillou that has great focus and vigour. Lively dark cherry finish with hints of tomato and even some toffee/creme-brulee notes lingering on the aftertaste. Very elegant and poised, this is the kind of mature claret I adore. Lovely. Drink now-2020. Tasted September 2009. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2009)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The cedar and cherry flavors are light and spicy.--Ducru-Beaucaillou vertical. (TM) Inner quote mark (10/1992)

K&L Notes

Clive Coates: "Vigourous colour. Little maturity. Fine rich nose, still a little austere, but style and depth here. Fullish. Good Cabernet fruit. Lacks a little real richness but elegant, balanced and quite concentrated. Just about ready. Will last very welll. Fine." (Grands Vins: The Finest Châteaux of Bordeaux and Their Wines, pg 158)

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