Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2003
Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!
If, after analysis, this is one of the most powerful wines ever produced at Ducru Beaucaillou, from the organoleptic point of view, its attraction lies in its harmony and elegance, its finesse and length so characteristic of Ducru Beaucaillou.
Its color is deep red; its nose, a little restrained at the beginning opens out to aromas of black fruit, black cherries in particular. It has a fruity attack in the mouth, a dense structure, full and attractive with plenty of freshness. It lingers on the palate with an exceptionally good length and voluptuous retro-olfactory aromas.
Ultimately, it is a great Bordeaux classic, in an athletic "body."
97 Wine Spectator
Intense aromas of blackberry, currant and cherry. Full-bodied, with masses of big, velvety tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. A blockbuster. A classic big, juicy claret. Best after 2012.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Produced the very first year that Bruno Borie took over management of the estate, there was no leaf thinning in July during this notoriously hot summer, allowing for more shade on the bunches. Medium to deep garnet in color with a touch of brick, the 2003 Ducru-Beaucaillou reveals opulent notes of Indian spices, cigar box, sandalwood and licorice with a crème de cassis and plum preserves core plus a hint of rose oil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm, chewy texture and lovely freshness delivering a very long, spicy finish.
94 James Suckling
Lots of aromas of roasted fruit, such as blueberries and raisins, and spices. It has a full body with plenty of velvety tannins and a long, slightly chewy finish. Needs another two or three years to come together but outstanding now.
91 Wine Enthusiast
This is a solid, powerful wine packed with tannins and heavy black fruits. As so often, Ducru is taking its time, and this wine is still knitting itself together. But in future years, watch for the generosity, the richness as well as the finesse and freshness.
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