Ducru Beaucaillou 2008
Tasting Notes Ducru Beaucaillou 2008
One of the stars of the vintage, and a remarkable achievement in 2008, with impressive richness, this dense purple colored wine is almost as opaque as the 2010. Spring flowers, crushed rocks, creme de cassis and some subtle oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine that transcends the vintage character in its power, richness, and aging potential. It also exhibits tremendous precision, purity, and depth of character. It is more forward than the 2010 is likely to be, but probably not as sumptuous as the 2009 will turn out to be. This is a wine to buy. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.
Wow. This is really impressive for the vintage, with a solid core of raspberry, currants and spices. Full and round, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Superb winemaking for the vintage. Try after 2013.
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. Two bottles were tasted of the Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2008. The first had an attractive, almost Margaux-like bouquet with very well integrated new oak and the second exhibiting a more red-fruit aromatic profile. The palate is rich and opulent with copious cedar-infused dark berry fruit, very focused and refined, albeit embellished with a finish ever-so slightly overdone, at least at this early juncture. I found myself offering parsimonious score, but with the pedigree of the estate I think this will age with style. For now I would head for the La Croix de Beaucaillou to see what the Grand Vin decides to do. Tasted January 2012.