Ducru Beaucaillou 1982

Current Market Price: £3,285.00 / 12x75cl
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, Ducru Beaucaillou, 1982

Tasting Notes Ducru Beaucaillou 1982

96

At a charity dinner in Charleston, SC, the 1982 Ducru Beaucaillou from my cellar was the only corked bottle out of twenty-two. A subsequent tasting revealed one of the all-time great Ducrus, probably matched or eclipsed by several recent vintages (i.e., 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008). The 1982 is still 5-8 years away from full maturity, but it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged more slowly than I initially expected. It is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou produced after the 1961 and before the 2003. With respect to the 1990, I do not own any of this wine, but it was the last of a series of vintages between 1986 and 1990 that were affected by the TCA-like contamination in the estate's chai, which was completely destroyed and then rebuilt, eliminating the source of these smells. Not every bottle is affected by this, but I do not have any source for this vintage. Release price: ($140.00/case)

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #183 June 2009
93

This is a wine that I had forgotten about. It shows beautiful sweet tobacco, flowers, and currants on the nose. It's full body, silky with fine tannins. It's ready and pretty. Served from imperial bottle.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com, January 19th 2011
91

Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy's 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. I have never been a huge fan of this Ducru Beaucaillou, although this is definitely one of the better bottles that I have encountered. It is less dusty and austere on the nose than I expected, less subdued here with mulberry and mint notes informing the lifted black fruit. The palate is nicely balanced and slightly animally (a touch of brettanomyces making sure this Saint Julien looses it concentration for a moment.) There is good length here, but it does not really 'take off' in the way that Leoville Poyferre '82 or Gruaud Larose '82 does, the burly tertiary finish resolutely foursquare. It is just a little sullen and conservative. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal Jan 2013

Ducru Beaucaillou Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Ducru Beaucaillou 2018 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,645.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2017 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,232.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2016 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,437.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2015 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,293.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2014 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,050.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2013 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,000.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2012 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,000.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2011 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,040.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2010 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,705.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2009 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £2,300.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2009 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,175.00 6x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2008 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,266.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2007 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,100.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2006 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,190.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2005 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,750.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2004 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,173.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2003 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,398.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2002 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,098.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2001 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,120.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 2000 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,880.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1999 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,426.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1998 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,350.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1997 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £972.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1996 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,900.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1995 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,591.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1990 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,450.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1989 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,293.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1986 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £1,650.00 12x75cl
Ducru Beaucaillou 1982 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou £3,285.00 12x75cl