1978 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (high shoulder fill, depressed cork) (Previously $240)

SKU #1682053 93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark I have always liked the 1978 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, as the wine was already starting to drink very nicely at age ten and I have been a frequent visitor to its doorstep over the years. Though this wine has been drinking with lovely generosity and breed for many years already, it shows no signs of slowing down and remains smack dab in the middle of its plateau of maturity, offering up a complex and very classic nose of cherries, a touch of juniper berry, cigar wrapper, a fine signature of soil, summer truffles and a topnote of nutskin. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and still shows lovely depth at the core, with impressive focus and grip, lovely balance and a long, tangy finish that still sports a touch of tannin on the closing notes. There are many 1978s that show just a tiny streak of greenness for the late-arriving ripeness of the “miracle vintage of ‘78”, but this is not the case with the Ducru, which is just a classic and fully mature vintage of this fine estate. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One of the wines of the vintage, the 1978 Ducru-Beaucaillou continues to drink beautifully, offering up aromas of sweet red berry fruit, cigar box, licorice and loamy soil, followed by a medium-bodied, velvety and melting palate that's deep and seamless, marrying intensity of flavor with weightlessness. From a cold cellar with good provenance, it is well worth seeking out. (WK) Inner quote mark (2/2022)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Compared to the 1979, the 1978 Ducru-Beaucaillou stands out for its freshness and its vibrant, fruity bouquet that possesses menthol, dark berries, graphite, and liquorice aromas, and leather notes. The palate is perfectly balanced with some minerality (graphite and smoky notes), freshness, fine-grained tannins, and cedar finish. Very classic, this old-fashioned claret is at its peak. (YC) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "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." (07/2010)

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