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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou  2008
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2008
(search item no. 104272)
collectible wine
has fluid
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The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $149.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 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
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
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
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 92 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:

The 2008 Ducru-Beaucaillou exhibits a beautiful robe of a profound violet color, firm to the rim. The nose is rich, with scents of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and redcurrant liqueur, and elegant nuances of roasted coffee. After a sweet and fleshy attack, the wine builds up in the mouth, revealing power and structure. It is akin to a Roman construction, all in roundness, but imposing. Particularly suave tannins buttress the persistent and powerful finish.

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot

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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.