2005 Ducru-Beaucaillou St-Julien

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The color is deep garnet red. The nose encountered on the attack; is powerful and tight, truly complex. In the mouth, the wine overruns the palate. It draws out on an extremely long finish.
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ROBERT PARKER RATING: 97
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou is a 10,000-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (they used to produce 18,000-20,000 cases). It is an exceptionally powerful wine with a dense purple color, superb intensity, and a beautiful, sweet nose of spring flowers, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied with fabulous concentration, exceptionally high tannin, good acidity, and massive layers of richness that build incrementally on the palate, this monumental effort is more structured than their outstanding 2003. It may be the finest wine produced at this estate since the 1982 and 1961 Ducrus. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050.
STEVE TANZAR RATING: 94
STEVE TANZAR REVIEW: Good deep ruby-red. Wonderfully sweet, aromatic nose combines currant, chocolate and cedary oak. Fat, lush and silky, with atypical volume to the flavors of plum, tobacco and chocolate. Wonderfully supple, plump wine with layers of flavor, thoroughly sweet tannins and compelling aromatic persistence. Today the wine's substantial baby fat is masking its impressive underlying power. According to Borie, this 2005 combines the best traits of the chateau's 2003 and 2000.
WINE ENTHUSIAST RATING: 94 - 96
WINE ENTHUSIAST REVIEW: Huge blackcurrant fruits dominate a wine that is powerful and showing very ripe. There are flavors of smoky, balanced tannins, bitter cherries, black figs. As all the great wines in 2005, it finishes with a delicious lift of acidity.
WINE SPECTATOR RATING: 95
WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: Aromas of blackberry, currant and toasty oak, with a hint of spice, lead to a full-bodied palate, with plenty of blackberry, chocolate and Indian spices. Balanced, refined and very pretty, with a velvety texture and a long, beautifully textured finish. Best after 2013.
Supple yet full-bodied, a typically fine Saint Julien that needs cellaring time to really reveal its rich and fruity, elegant flavors of cassis, vanilla and ripe blackberries.
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Vintage 2005
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Saint Julien
Bottle Size 750ml
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