1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Wine Tasting Note


1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 98

At full maturity, the wine offers a complex, full-bodied, elegant, refined mouthful of ripe, red berries. The cedar, tobacco leaf, spice and blast of cassis with crisp cherries and a sprig of herbs is singing at full-throttle today. I am sure this is going to remain at this high level for at least 2 decades or so.

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Fully mature, this is an exciting wine to taste. Full-bodied, with depth and complexity, the nose with its crushed rock, tobacco and wet forest floor makeup grabs you. On the palate, the wine, with its soft tannins and patina of age tastes as good as it feels. The fruit and freshness in the endnote keeps on going. This is close to its peak, but there is no hurry, if it is well stored.

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A fabulous, fully mature wine, you find concentration of flavor, intensity in the aromatics and a long, richly textured finish, with silky, round, polished tannins and spicy, tobacco tinged, red fruits.

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Recorked by the chateau, the wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate. There is a lack of density I often find in other bottles. The fruit is fine, but the finish is short. I have had much better bottles. I am not sure the performance of this bottle was due to provenance or because it was recorked.

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What a beauty from start to finish with its cedar chest, tobacco, earth and cassis filled nose. Concentrated, fresh, lively and displaying the patina of age in its texture, the fruit was still vibrant and the tannins were soft and round. This is really showing great today. it could get better. But there is no reason to wait. The bottle was popped and poured.

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This beauty has been remarkably consistent. I do not know if my bottles have been great, or if I've just been lucky, but either way, I'm taking it. The wine is concentrated, full bodied and deep. There is energy in the ripe cassis, fresh berries, smoke, tobacco and earthy truffle character. The finish lingers and builds in flavor, freshness and intensity. This is probably drinking in the sweet spot today. A splash decanting is all you need for this wine to show its best.

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Regardless of how many times I taste this wine, I’m always happy to taste it again. Charming, supple, concentrated and balanced, the fruit is ripe, soft and polished, just like the tannins. There is no reason to wait any longer if you have a bottle.

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I love this wine! Tasted three times this year, each bottle has been stunning. What's not to like? It's sensuous, polished, plush and fresh, with complex aromas, silky, rich textures and a long, pure finish. Drink it now, or age it for more secondary character.

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What a beauty! This wine offers everything that is great about aged Bordeaux. A complex perfume packed with earth, truffle, tobacco, cherries, spice and cassis. Concentration of flavor, soft, textures and a long, fresh, fruit filled finish. Drink this now, or wait a decade.

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Over the past 3-4 years, 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou took a huge step up in quality. It's more interesting, complex and rich. Everything has come together and fallen into place with its tobacco leaf, cigar box, earth, coffee bean, cedar chest and black cherry liqueur filled personality. Powerful, but silky, soft and delicious, drink it now, or age it for 10-20 or more years. This is the best vintage of Ducru Beaucaillou after 1961, all the until the 2005.

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1982 Ducru Beaucaillou is packed with explosive, spicy aromatics, cedar wood, truffle and wet earth. Intense, rich and powerful, the wine offers soft, round textures and a silky, cassis and spice box finish.

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This looked like a perfect bottle. High fill, spinning capsule and the wine had great, deep color. But with all that, and a nose of smoke, truffle, blackberry, cedar wood, caramel, cassis and earth, this bottle did not open as well as expected. There was a tart character and more of a rustic, masculine quality to the wine that is not typical, for this normally, charming Bordeaux wine. Even with a few hours in the glass, the wine never developed well. I've tasted better bottles.

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Light ruby in color, with tobacco, earth, cedar wood, lead pencil, earth and black cherry scents. Full bodied, soft textured and silky, this bottle is fully mature. The wine ends with a refined, spicy, cherry finish. This bottle was better in texture, but less interesting on the nose than other bottles I've had. That old saying is proven true once again. After 20 years, there is no such thing as great wines. There are only great bottles.

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At close to 30 years of age, this remarkable St. Julien is still young, vibrant and fresh! Tobacco, cedar chest, truffles, cassis, Asian spice and damp forest floor scents exude from the glass. Powerful, full bodied and packed with juicy, ripe, blackberries, the wine fills your mouth with sweet, spicy, ripe, black and red fruits. This is a great Bordeaux drinking experience and it's only going to get better over the 10-20 more years, provided the wine is well stored.

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Dark, purple, ruby with light edges. The nose sports herbs, cassis and earthy truffle scents. The wine is elegant on the palate with a beautiful finish.

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Vanilla, eucalyptus, licorice, and black currants jumped from the glass after 10 minutes. This full bodied wine delivers an elegant finish that coats your mouth with ripe, black fruit. No hurry to drink this as it has a long future ahead.

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When to Drink Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-4 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 18 and 50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Ducru Beaucaillou is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.