2000 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2000 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien) 95

Still holding on to its youth, though the tannic grip has eased over the past few years, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, and packed with loads of tobacco leaf, cigar box, forest leaf, spices, and fresh, sweet, red currants. There is lift and length in the finish. 95 Points

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Classic and classy, 2 hours of air added more softness and brought this around quite nicely. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated, and tannic. There is a strong sensation of cedar, tobacco leaf, herbs, spice and bright, fresh red berries from start to finish. You can easily give this another decade in the cellar for more secondary nuances and enjoy it over the following 2 decades after that. 95 Points

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The perfume delivers tobacco, smoke, forest floor, truffle and red fruit notes. The palate, working in tandem, delivers pretty, fruits that are softly textured, sweet and fresh. There is a polish to the finish. This is drinking well now, and why not, it's looking forward to its 18th birthday soon. 94 Points

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Developing nicely, the wine serves up soft, silky, dark red, ripe fruits, wet earth, cigar box and cedar characteristics. If you have a bottle, it's a good time to pop a cork and check it out. 94 Points

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With close to 14 years of age, the tannins have softened and the secondary tobacco, truffle, black cherry, stone and cigar box scents are all over the place. Polished and concentrated, this is only going to get better and better. 96 Points

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Pungent aromas of truffle, flowers, mocha, cassis, blackberry, earth and cigar box come to the front without much effort. This full bodied, ripe, supple, refined St. Julien is elegant, classy and refined. With ripe tannins, the wine finishes with layers of sweet, juicy, spicy black cherries, cassis and blackberry. It's starting to come around and will be much better with a few more years of bottle age. It should have a long life. 96 Points

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With scents of blackberry, earth, spice, truffle, cassis, smoke, blueberry and cigar box, this big, beautiful wine seeks and gets your focus. Your palate enjoys waves of pure, sweet, ripe, black cherry and spicy cassis. With round textures and a long, generous finish, this will continue improving for at least another 2-3 decades! 96 Points

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Orange, floral, spice, black fruit and licorice scents. Big, intense and concentrated, this deep Bordeaux offers a lot of finesse and texture in its long, intense, ripe fruit filled finish. 95 Points

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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.