2003 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

Year: 2003
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 97
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 91--Jeff Leve: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$249.95

2006 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #28

"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. 17,500 cases made." (WS)

"One of the most compelling Ducru Beaucaillou's made in the last quarter century is the 2003 (which is also the first vintage to be packaged in an impressive heavy glass bottle with a special long cork). A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, it is a powerful, tannic, blockbuster effort revealing a liqueur of mineral-like component intermixed with creme de cassis, raspberry, and flower characteristics, and an atypically high 13.5% alcohol. Having firmed up considerably since bottling, it exhibits tremendous definition, weight, and concentration. It is a wine for patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+. A brilliant tour de force!" (WA)

"Ruby-red. Sexy nose offers superripe currant, raspberry, graphite and coconut. Lush, very rich and fine-grained, with an almost confectionery sweetness and thickness for this St. Julien. Atypically powerful on the back end, but not hard. Bruno Borie took over direction of this property with the 2003 and immediately switched to a heavier bottle with a longer neck that could accommodate a 55-millimeter cork. A terrific showing-but I'd still give this wine another four or five years of aging." (VM)

"Ripe currants, spices, and blueberries on the nose. Full bodied, with big chewy tannins and a juicy finish. This still needs time. Pull the cork after 2014. Find the wine" (JS)

" 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." (WE)

"With an array of spice and mineral scents, complicated by truffle, cassis, blackberry, tobacco and cigar box, this opulent, rich, sensuous, polished wine is delivering a lot pleasure today, and the best is yet to come. 95 points - Tasted May 1, 2012" (JL)