Where the Heart Is: Ducru-Beaucaillou 1934-2018 (Jul 2022)

The 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou absolutely shined when Bruno Borie served a bottle at the estate three years ago. There is a little funk on the nose, but there is plenty of fruit behind it, black cherries and boysenberry, cigar box, sage and peppermint. Aeration actually benefits the aromatics and imparts more precision. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and a keen thread of acidity. Whilst it is not amazingly complex, it has plenty of freshness with a saline finish and aftertaste. Well-stored bottles will continue to give pleasure. Tasted at the Ducru Beaucaillou vertical at the château.