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    Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends - St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

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    • WS97
    • RP96
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Spectator, 96 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Enthusiast, 91 Wine & Spirits

    Region: St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 89312

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!

    If, after analysis, this is one of the most powerful wines every produced at Ducru Beaucaillou, from the organoleptic point of view, its attraction lies in its harmony and elegance, its finesse and length so characteristic of Ducru Beaucaillou.

    Its color is deep red; its nose, a little restrained at the beginning opens out to aromas of black fruit, black cherries in particular. It has a fruity attack in the mouth, a dense structure, full and attractive with plenty of freshness. It lingers on the palate with an exceptionally good length and voluptuous retro-olfactory aromas.

    Ultimately, it is a great Bordeaux classic, in an athletic "body."

    Critical Acclaim:

    Intense aromas of blackberry, currant and cherry. Full-bodied, with masses of big, velvety tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. A blockbuster. A classic big, juicy claret. Best after 2012.

    97 Points
    Wine Spectator

    A hot, dry summer resulted in a tiny production of under 10,000 cases of 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou from yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. This beauty boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge. Aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, incense and spring flowers are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine with loads of fruit and glycerin as well as a plush texture. It is just entering its plateau of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years.

    96 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Ruby-red. Sexy nose offers superripe currant, raspberry, graphite and coconut. Lush, very rich and fine-grained, with an almost confectionery sweetness and thickness for this St. Julien. Atypically powerful on the back end, but not hard. Bruno Borie took over direction of this property with the 2003 and immediately switched to a heavier bottle with a longer neck that could accommodate a 55-millimeter cork. A terrific showing-but I'd still give this wine another four or five years of aging.

    92 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    This is a solid, powerful wine packed with tannins and heavy black fruits. As so often, Ducru is taking its time, and this wine is still knitting itself together. But in future years, watch for the generosity, the richness as well as the finesse and freshness.

    91 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    The initial scents of molasses and sweet fruit give way to an equally black, but more complex and potent wine with air. It's extremely ripe, with the scent and feel of fruit skin in the tannins-almost pruney. But there's also a sense of stature and elegance, a supple wine that should prove itself around ten years of age.

    91 Points
    Wine & Spirits
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