Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2016 - Case of 6 Bottles (75cl)
The 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou is cropped at 36 hectoliters per hectare between 24 September and 14 October and matured in 100% new oak barrels (for a total of 18 months). The alcohol level comes in at 13.63% with a pH of 3.71. The bouquet is very closed at first, and so I aerated the Grand Vin by transferring from one glass to another. It gradually unfurls to reveal scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm backbone cloaked in layers of black fruit. The new oak is probably more present here than some of its peers, but there is more than sufficient substance to absorb that. The mineralité surfaces right towards the persistent finish, completing what is a Ducru Beaucaillou built for the long term. Drink 2026 - 2065.
Country/Region: France, Saint Julien
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 15%
Packaging: OWC - 6x750ml
Robert Parker: 96-98 /100