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2016 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

ITEM 8026594 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Bidder Amount Total
$240
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I8066350 1 $245 Jan 16, 2022
I8057054 2 $250 Jan 9, 2022
I8044432 1 $240 Dec 26, 2021
I8025574 3 $220 Dec 12, 2021
I8018790 1 $210 Dec 5, 2021
I7997843 2 $220 Nov 14, 2021
I7988872 1 $235 Oct 31, 2021
I7988819 1 $215 Oct 31, 2021
I7983312 1 $235 Oct 24, 2021
I7978346 1 $215 Oct 17, 2021
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RATINGS

100Jeb Dunnuck

A legendary wine from the genius of Bruno Borie... a mammoth bouquet of crème de cassis, espresso, camphor, crushed violets, toasty oak, and graphite. Full-bodied, concentrated, and backward on the palate.. perfectly integrated acidity and building tannins,

99James Suckling

Blueberries, cassis, blackberries and dark plums, delivering a very enticing impression. Beautiful ripeness here. The tannins are perfectly ripe and layers meld into each other, carrying deep, graceful and plush, velvety dark fruit

98The Wine Advocate

Wonderfully savory, earthy/meaty nose, delivering well-defined notes of tapenade, truffles, charcuterie and sautéed herbs over crème de cassis... Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house with the taut, muscular fruit

98Vinous / IWC

...Red cherry fruit, pomegranate, blood orange, menthol and sweet tobacco all race across the palate. Vivid, sumptuous and impeccable in its balance...

98Wine Enthusiast

...stylish, with a great future that is all balance and elegance. There are structured tannins as well as ample acidity...

97Wine Spectator

Offers exotic, cashmere-textured, mocha-infused blackberry, cassis and plum puree flavors, with smoldering incense and warm fruitcake notes and a swath of plush yet serious grip too boot, showing ample depth and breath.

17Jancis Robinson

PRODUCER

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is a Second-Growth estate in the St.-Julien appellation. The estate’s history goes back centuries, and five families have owned and operated it over many generations. Today the 128-acre estate is owned by the Borie family, who purchased it in 1941. The family also owns Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Château Haut-Batailley. Ducru-Beaucaillou means “beautiful stones,” and the estate was named after the impressive, large stones in the region. Vineyards are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. About 220,000 bottles are produced annually. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “the wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou is the essence of elegance, symmetry, balance, breed, class and distinction.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Julien

Saint-Julien is the smallest of the four main Médoc appellations with 2,175 acres of vineyards. It is just south of Pauillac on the left bank of the Gironde, and although it has no First Growth châteaux, its 11 Classified Growth estates are widely admired. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that winemaking in Saint-Julien from all classifications “is consistently both distinctive and brilliant.” He adds it is Médoc’s “most underrated commune.” The best-known estates are Léoville Las Cases, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton and Gruaud Larose, and most of those have riverside estates. The soil in this appellation is gravelly with clay. Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape grown, and it is blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and sometimes small amounts of Petit Verdot.