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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2005

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"Full-bodied with fabulous concentration, exceptionally high tannin, good acidity, and massive layers of richness that build incrementally on the palate, this monumental effort is more structured than their outstanding 2003. It may be the finest wine produced at this estate since the 1982 and 1961 Ducrus." Robert Parker - Rating (97)

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2005 VINTAGE

  97 The 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou is a 10,000-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (they used to produce 18,000-20,000 cases). It is an exceptionally powerful wine with a dense purple color, superb intensity, and a beautiful, sweet nose of spring flowers, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied with fabulous concentration, exceptionally high tannin, good acidity, and massive layers of richness that build incrementally on the palate, this monumental effort is more structured than their outstanding 2003. It may be the finest wine produced at this estate since the 1982 and 1961 Ducrus. 
95 Aromas of blackberry, currant and toasty oak, with a hint of spice, lead to a full-bodied palate, with plenty of blackberry, chocolate and Indian spices. Balanced, refined and very pretty, with a velvety texture and a long, beautifully textured finish.
97 2005 is the best vintage made at Ducru Beaucaillou. The wine has progressed a lot during barrel ageing. Tasted right after fining, and shortly before bottling, it was extraordinary. Dark colored, very intense nose, complex, it evokes sunny flavors. What a palate! Instantly pulpy, fat, offering a caressing and very fine touch. Velvety and very fleshy, the wine melts while it also offers a quality of pulp previously unknown for the estate. Wonderful finish where the flesh keeps on filling the palate. The finish is aromatic and noble. This is a great fine wine. This success can be explained by the selection effort performed from Bruno Borie: in average, the production for the Grand Vin (first label) is declining from 14,500 cases down to 10,000.
94 Good deep ruby-red. Wonderfully sweet, aromatic nose combines currant, chocolate and cedary oak. Fat, lush and silky, with atypical volume to the flavors of plum, tobacco and chocolate. Wonderfully supple, plump wine with layers of flavor, thoroughly sweet tannins and compelling aromatic persistence. Today the wine's substantial baby fat is masking its impressive underlying power. According to Borie, this 2005 combines the best traits of the chateau's 2003 and 2000.
Name Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 
Vintage 2005
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Julien
Classification 2ème Cru Classé (2nd Growth)
Grape Varieties 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot
Format 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Vineyard 75 Hectares
Average Age of Vines 35 Years
Production 10,000 cases
Soil Garonne Gravel
Winemaking Manually harvested with vinification and fermentation of each plot is carried out seperately and customized to optimize each terroir, vintage, etc.
Malolactic fermentation is managed in vats and wine is barrelled in individual batches immediately after malolactic fermentation. Blending takes place during the first racking operation. 
Ageing 18 months with 50-80% new oak.
Serving Suggestions Best now through to 2035+
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