1999 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien

SKU #998972 93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium brick colored, the 1999 Ducru-Beaucaillou needs a little swirling to release the tightly coiled notions of dried cherries, fruitcake and red currant jelly with emerging hints of balsamic, mincemeat pie, menthol, powdered chocolate and star anise. The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully expressive with seamless freshness lightly lifting a great core of youthful red and black fruits plus fine-grained tannins to support, finishing with lingering savory and spice layers. This well-structured spice-bomb still has a lot of years left! (LPB) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The 1999 Ducru-Beaucaillou offers aromas of raspberry, plum, black cherry, and mocha intertwined with grilled aromas. This juicy wine possesses a sappy texture, firm tannins and a long and penetrating finish with sous bois aromas. Fine-grained tannins will allow five more years in the cellar. (YC) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

91 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2002)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JS) Inner quote mark (8/2010)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot. 18 months in French oak (66% new). Rainy vintage meant strict selection of only 60% of the crop was needed. Transparent dark garnet. Very firm, classic nose – no obvious sweetness. Cassis and sleek – rather winning and silky. Very fine traditional St-Julien character with great balance. Classic dry, appetising finish and just a very light kick of tannin on the end. A surprising success – my favourite Ducru in this selection too ­– from a distinctly uncelebrated vintage! 17/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2022)

K&L Notes

We really liked the 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..."

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