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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien, 1989

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Type Wine (Still)
Colour Red
Alcohol Content 12.5
Vintage 1989
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub Region Saint-Julien
Critic Review
Critic Review
Where the Heart Is: Ducru-Beaucaillou 1934-2018 (Jul 2022)

The 1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou has been a more consistent performer compared to the 1990 over the years. It has an open, leafy bouquet with forest floor, morels, truffle and smoke, not complex and with brettanomyces becoming evident. The palate is medium-bodied with sour cherry and quite dry tannins. There is decent body here, although there is a little hardness on the finish. It’s a Ducru-Beaucaillou that shines better at the dinner table than at a vertical tasting like this. Tasted at the Ducru Beaucaillou vertical at the château.

Neal Martin - 87

A Century of Bordeaux: The Nines (Sep 2019)

The 1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou has always been a difficult wine to love, and this replicates its previous two showings. Readers should note that this came directly from the property and was assured to be unaffected by the taint that afflicted much of the production at this time. Yet there is still a sense of dumbness on the nose, a lack of brightness; a bouquet scalped of what makes Ducru-Beaucaillou such a great wine. The palate is medium-bodied with cedar-infused black fruit that dovetails into more red fruit toward the second half. Like the aromatics, it is missing the tension and backbone of better vintages; it delivers decent length but never quite achieves lift-off. Tasted at the 1989 Bordeaux dinner at Hatched in London.

Neal Martin - 88

A Century of Bordeaux: The Nines (Sep 2019)

The 1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou is showing some bricking on the rim, although the core remains quite dark. This has an attractive bouquet with lovely tobacco-infused black fruit and touches of black truffle and morels. There is something very gentle here but also intense. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity, a little meaty and bloody in style with maybe just a hint of brettanomyces toward the finish. But it seems to complement and enhance the wine. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château.

Neal Martin - 90

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