ready-improve2005 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, St Julien, Bordeaux

Product: 2005-0750-00-8008844
  • Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
    98/100
  • Jancis Robinson MW
    17.5/20
  • Wine Advocate
    97/100
  • Ready, but will improve

Description

A Second Growth in 1855, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou regularly gives the First Growths a run for their money  Eespecially since the arrival of third-generation owner Bruno Borie in 2003. Bruno never saw such an “easy vintage Eas 2005, apparently: he considered every bunch “perfect E Some 18 years on, this is only starting to come into its own, with the promise of spectacular things to come. There are pronounced, complex aromatics of fresh black fruits, leather, liquorice, dried leaves and cigars, though this is only a hint of what further ageing will bring. This is a dense, mouth-filling Claret with a lot of structure, real concentration of fruit and lively, refreshing acidity. Approach it now if you are that way inclined, though it will evolve wonderfully for decades yet. Bruno is famed for his cooking, and this standout wine deserves a special dish: a côte de boeuf or grilled portobello mushrooms would work very well.

Drink now to 2050

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 [] Wine Advocate:: 94/100
[] Neal Martin:: 91/100    
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