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Lastly, the 2021 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou might be the wine of the vintage. It has more depth and density than just about every other wine out there, all while still bringing beautiful tannins and elegance. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot, harvested from September 21 to October 10th, it was vinified in wooden tronconique tanks and is still aging in new barrels. This beauty hit 12.5% natural alcohol, with a pH of 3.88 and an IPT that's just about off the charts. Deep black and blue fruits, graphite, spicy oak, tobacco, and chalky minerality all define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a concentrated, powerful mouthfeel, building yet fine tannins, and a great finish. Where most 2021s are going to offer plenty of up-front appeals, this is going to benefit from a solid 4-6 years of bottle age and be incredibly long-lived. ~95-97 J. Dunnuck
Beautiful and beguiling nose, perfumed blackcurrants and dark fruits; damsons, plums, raspberries, and rose petals. Lovely crunchy fruit, real bite, and presence in the mouth. With excellent precision, tannins are succulent and ripe they fill the mouth with a juicy, intense granular texture. There is such depth to this - perfume, tobacco, earth, violets, and concentrated fruits that have a verticality to them with an unprecedented 98% of Cabernet Sauvignon providing the support and the backbone. There is a crystalline purity to the fruit giving tension to the overall frame, it’s focussed and driven all with excellent definition. This is not a wallflower of wine - it’s charming and confident, strutting its stuff right now and giving you absolute St-Julien terroir and vintage markers in the glass with slate, graphite, and licorice salinity on show. Skilled winemaking on show. Drinking Window 2027 - 2050. ~96 Decanter
A wine that will delight Médoc purists, the 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a blend of fully 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot and checks in at a mere 12.5% alcohol. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of dark berries, cigar wrapper, violets, loamy soil, and spices, it's full-bodied, layered, and velvety, with superb depth at the core, lively acids, and powdery tannins. Complete and penetrating, it's a true classic, reminiscent of a modern-day version of Ducru's brilliant 1996—through today's precision winemaking means that the 2021 is unlikely to go through so long a hibernation as that vintage. ~94-96 WA
The 2021 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a pretty significant departure from the past as it is clearly pure Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, aristocratic wine, the 2021 possesses remarkable intensity from the start to finish. Inky dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and leather are some of my riad nuances that develop with some aeration. The 2021 is so well balanced. The 100% new oak., often quite dominant in Ducru en primeur, is so well integrated, likely because lower alcohol extracted less oak imprint. The 2021 is a drop-dead gorgeous wine, and a Ducru for the ages. Superb. ~96-98 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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