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35 Years of Age, Direct from the Fabled Estate Cellar. A Rare Value Find with Provenance
May 6, 2020

Thirty-Five Years of Age Direct From The Cellars of the Fabled 2nd Growth. It is Rare Value from the “Lafite-Rothschild of Saint-Julien” with Perfect Provenance and More…

“I affectionately call Ducru-Beaucaillou the Lafite-Rothschild of St.-Julien. Under Bruno Borie, the already extremely high quality of the wines has been pushed to new heights, and this is clearly a wine of first-growth quality.” - Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Mr. Parker is correct on his note here, there is something magical about the minerality on the sacred grounds of Saint-Julien and Château Ducru-Beaucaillou that elevates the wines of this fabled Super Second estate. And while the eyes of many claret enthusiasts and collectors are on the highly anticipated fall arrivals of both the 2016 and the upcoming 2018 vintages, Italian Wine Merchants has taken a step back – 35 years back, that is! In fact, the wine that captivated me most on two recent buying trips to Bordeaux weren’t just the 2016 and 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou, it was revisiting the thirty-five-year-old 1985 release direct from the château’s cellar. A few months back I had the opportunity to enjoy it over dinner alongside a celebrated lineup that included 2004 Solaia, 2012 Chave Hermitage, 2004 Guado al Tasso, 2009 Saint-Pierre, and the 1998 Cheval Blanc. And once again, it was the 1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou that was the wine that surprised, stunned, and overdelivered.

Enamored by the wine and its value, I have gone back to Bordeaux and enthusiastically requested a quantity of this cellar gem to be delivered in mint condition! While Robert Parker once called this bottle “a possible legend candidate,” he had not retasted the wine in more than a decade. It is another one of those wines that the critics have often misjudged over the years and need to really revisit and enjoy over a meal — and not taste in a cold cellar — to reevaluate the wine. But what really separates these bottles featured today is provenance. Where else can you find a 2nd Growth with 35 years of age and perfect provenance, just released from the château, and is absolutely stunning at this price? Sure, there is mature Ducru-Beaucaillou from the eighties on the market – but is it direct from the Saint-Julien cellar released in 2020, checked and labeled with the Bruno Borie Seal of Approval - Rebouche au Château? IWM was able to obtain a few rare cases of the 1985 and 1986 direct from the Château in pristine condition.

Featured Wines: Library Release Direct from Ducru-Beaucaillou (Click to Order)

*The wines arrive directly from the cellars in Bordeaux and as a result are pre-arrival

The offer does not end with the 1985, from the “Year of Saint-Julien,” we are including the prized 2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou, which has just arrived, along with the upcoming 2018s. However, with this range, do not miss the opportunity to experience the striking value wine of the château, the Croix de Beaucaillou (with the label designed by Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick). IWM believes that this is a wine to watch, and Robert Parker echoed these thoughts noting that “the second wine is probably better than many of the Ducru Beaucaillous produced in the 1970s.These are all classically produced Bordeaux with a signature elegance and stony minerality that can only be Ducru!

Ducru-Beaucaillou needs no introduction. The fabled and beloved Second-Growth château that began in the thirteenth century was famously called “the Lafite Rothschild of Saint-Julien” by Robert Parker, and it has been on a roll since the Eighties. Bruno Borie came on board and essentially reduced production by 10,000 cases, and by selecting only the finest fruit, he has been producing the château’s greatest wines. We had the good fortune to ask for more back vintage selections, including the 1985.

Additional Notes and Reviews:

1985 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Tasted six times. Originally experienced this wine over dinner while in Bordeaux tasting the 2014s – easily one of the highlights of the entire trip. Perfectly mature and is currently drinking the way Bordeaux was intended to be consumed, with age and enough sweet fruit to complement the tertiary development. This wine is all about elegance and showing no hard edges; classic St Julien cedar, truffle, and damp earth are joined by tobacco and cinnamon. Tongue-staining, long finish.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “A wine of extraordinary charm and elegance, the dark garnet-colored 1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou has a floral, cedary nose intermixed with red and black currants as well as flowers. The wine is fully mature and soft, with beautiful concentration and purity. It is not a blockbuster, and certainly not nearly as powerful and massive as the 1986, but it is certainly much more seductive. This wine should continue to drink well for at least another 10-15 years.” 1/2003

1986 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Had this wine over lunch while in Bordeaux tasting the 2015s. Once again it was aged Ducru that was among the highlights of the trip. What is amazing is the youthfulness of this wine. It begins closed, but with air, the Saint Julien elegance and Ducru smoothness reveals itself but on a firm, almost Pauillac-like core. There is still plenty of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, with nuances of cedar, tobacco, and leather. What a treat! This wine can easily be mistaken as one from the 1990s. Enjoy the magic of aged Bordeaux today or let it age further.” 4/2016

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “A classic Ducru-Beaucaillou built for the long haul, the 1986 is tannic, hard, concentrated, and deep, yet still youthfully firm and closed. Patience is necessary, although this wine is beginning to open up.” 1/2003

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All my best,