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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou  1988
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1988
(search item no. 6302)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $101.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Supple yet full-bodied, a typically fine Saint Julien that needs 8-10 years to reveal its rich and fruity, elegant flavors of cassis, vanilla and ripe blackberries.
My Notes:

About Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou:

Château Ducru Beaucaillou is named after the beautiful, large stones found in its unique wine-growing terroir. This exceptional ecosystem produces fine, elegant, tasty wines with a long finish - in short, archetypical Saint-Julien wines.

Perched on an exceptional site with incomparable views over the Gironde estuary, in the center of a hundred-year-old park, Ducru-Beaucaillou is a majestic, Victorian-style castle, which has, over time, become one of the great symbols of the Médoc. Unusual for Bordeaux, it is built directly above the barrel cellars, enveloping its owners, who have lived here for over sixty years.

Today, the estate is managed by the company Jean Eugène Borie SA, which is owned by Mrs Borie, her daughter Sabine Coiffe and her son Bruno-Eugène, CEO since 2003, the third generation of the Borie family to head the estate. There are very close links between this estate and the five families who have been its successive owners.