Ducru Beaucaillou made a magnificent wine in 2016, one of their finest ever, we were blown away when tasting it. It has been awarded 96-98 points from the Wine Advocate, putting it potentially on par with the 2010 and likely to exceed the stellar 2005. The 2016 is a step up from the excellent 2015, a triumph. Sadly a 16% euro increase which translates as a 36% sterling increase makes this, from a pricing perspective, rather a let-down. Priced today at £1,700 it is £100 less to the 2010 price and £50 less than the 2005s. This offers little incentive to buy on release, with a no real upside potential.
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2016, 12×75 – £1,700 EP
96-98 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot cropped at 36 hectoliters per hectare between 24 September and 14 October and matured in 100% new oak barrels (for a total of 18 months). The alcohol level comes in at 13.63% with a pH of 3.71. The bouquet is very closed at first, and so I aerated the Grand Vin by transferring from one glass to another. It gradually unfurls to reveal scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm backbone cloaked in layers of black fruit. The new oak is probably more present here than some of its peers, but there is more than sufficient substance to absorb that. The mineralité surfaces right towards the persistent finish, completing what is a Ducru Beaucaillou built for the long term.
97-98 Points, James Suckling
Very focused and reserved with a mineral, blackberry, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and refined. Walking a tightrope between steely tannins and and dark fruit. This is highly intellectual and unique. Great finish. Remake of the extraordinary 2014? Stronger than the 2015, for sure
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