- 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 ,
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.