1986 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

1986 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

1986 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

Saint julien, Bordeaux, France, 750ml
寶嘉龍
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Description

The 1986 Ducru Beaucaillou was served by Bruno Borie both decanted and directly from bottle, poured blind. From the bottle, it has an attractive bouquet with plush blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, indeed, showing more fruité than I was expecting. There is a roundness to these aromatics, perhaps a little more like 1985 in some ways. The palate is medium-bodied and here the seriousness and structure of the 1986 vintages shows through. There is impressive body and though it felt firm and masculine on the finish, there is clearly sufficient fruit that counterbalances the backbone. The decanted version showed a little more volatility on the nose, but here I discerned more complexity on the palate. The 1986 Ducru poured directly from bottle felt a little more savory and strangely, more cohesive, with more of the terroir coming through on the slightly loamy, brown sugar-tinged finish. Tasted July 2016.
  • Decant Time: 2 hours
  • Taste: tannic, classic, austere, dark plum, blackberry, graphite, oyster shell, ripe black fruits
  • Food Matching: roast lamb, grilled steak, mature cheeses, mushroom risotto
  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot ,

 

Tasting note

1986年的寶嘉龍展現了聖朱利安葡萄酒經典而鮮明的風格。這款葡萄酒經歷了時間的考驗,如今呈現出優雅的成熟度。香氣層次豐富,帶有黑李子、黑莓和石墨的香氣,伴隨著淡淡的牡蠣殼氣息,橡木香氣與之融合得天衣無縫。口感中等飽滿,單寧柔和,帶來豐富的成熟黑果味,尾韻悠長。雖然它可能不具備當代佳釀的精準度,但這款葡萄酒仍然提供了一次愉悅的品飲體驗,特別是在推薦的兩小時醒酒後。無論是搭配烤羊肉、烤牛排,還是成熟的芝士和豐盛的蘑菇燴飯,都是完美的選擇。

The 1986 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou is a testament to the classic and savory character of Saint-Julien wines. With a history of variable bottles due to past cellar conditions, this particular vintage has aged gracefully. The bouquet offers a delightful complexity with notes of dark plum, blackberry, and graphite, complemented by a subtle hint of oyster shell. The oak is well-integrated, adding to the wine's depth. On the palate, it presents medium body with supple tannins and a generous amount of ripe black fruits leading to a long finish. While it may not possess the precision of more contemporary vintages, this wine still delivers a truly enjoyable experience, especially after a recommended two-hour decanting. Perfectly paired with dishes like roast lamb or grilled steak, it also complements mature cheeses and a hearty mushroom risotto.

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