Ducru Beaucaillou 1989
Tasting Notes Ducru Beaucaillou 1989
Ducru's 1989 was one of the more tannic, backward wines in the blind tasting. It is cleanly made, and well-crafted, with plenty of black-raspberry and cassis fruit nicely touched by minerals and a fragrant, floral component. Medium-bodied, elegant, and well-endowed, this is a potentially outstanding wine if all the tannin melts away over the next 5-6 years. One of the least flattering 1989s to drink at present, it requires 4-5 more years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020.
Served at the Ducru offline in London. Not quite sure whether this is one of the tainted bottles but this example is not impressive. It has a soft mulberry nose, a lot of underbrush, almost garrigue-like notes but lacking some freshness. The palate is medium-bodied and full mature, quite masculine, a no-frills Ducru, black fruits, graphite, very foursquare and much too conservative to elicit much excitement. Drink now-2015. Tasted September 2009.