Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1995
Recommendation for September 2005
Fantastic news!! we have managed to get the wine which we have been monitoring at an excellent price.
This offer is Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou This wine is from the top tier of the Deuxieme Cru Classification (Second Growth). Chateau Ducru is quintessential from the commune of Saint Julien and a wine renowned the world over. The Vintage is 1995 and the bottles have been in bond since en primeur direct from the Chateau and they are packed in their original wooden cases. We can email you some photos when you purchase.
Since this wine was auctioned in Chicago through the Chicago Wine Company in 1997 at 53 Dollars a bottle it has been auctioned for as much as 145 US Dollars a bottle in 2004.
You can pick up this wine today at an amazing 740 Pounds Sterling per case of 12 bottles plus our fee. This works out at around 112 US Dollars per bottle today that’s 30% cheaper than auction one year ago.
In Saint Julien, the dominant grape variety is Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines that come from this area are known for their ability to age and develop for a decade or more.
Now I have to tell you about Robert Parkers tasting notes on the Ducru 95. Robert Parker is a big influence on the wine trading industry and I quote from his notes in February 98 “This wine is of first growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in it’s hedonistic characteristics. More open knit that the extraordinary 1996, Ducru’s 95 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple colour, followed by a knockout nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers and a subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid palate (From extract ripeness, not sugar) layers of flavor, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. Anticipated maturity 2003 into 2025″.
He goes onto say that “it should be obvious to my readers of my preliminary reports on both the 95 and 96 vintages that the family of Jean-Eugene Borie produced some of the greatest wines ever made at their respective chateaux – Ducru Beaucaillou, Grand-Puy-Lacoste, and Haut Batailley – in both 95 and 96. That has been confirmed once again in the bottled 95’s and in the evolution of the powerhouse 96”. Robert Parker has given this wine an outstanding 94 out of 100 points.
Tasting notes at the Chateau were ………………..
Almost opaque. Concentrated complex nose: milk chocolate mixed with red fruits. Rich, voluptuous palate. Velvety tannins. Multi-layered mouth coating fruits. Massive potential – this is a very modern style Ducru Beaucaillou loaded with decadent rich Cabernet fruit. The Merlot balances everything perfectly. Everything you want in a wine. 20+ years. Possibly my favourite 1995. 24 out of 25.
We anticipate this wine to go up at least 15% over the next 12 months for this excellent Vintage however there have been cases of this wine trading on 1855.com at 138 US Dollars a bottle.
We have been scouring the globe for a good stock of this wine at this price for the last few months and because we are able to trade large quantities with our purchasing power it enables us to reserve much lower than the single investor.
I must also mention that Expert Ratings from Wine Spectator gave the Ducru 97 points
Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar gave 94 points Professional Review: 94 rated in Jul/Aug ’02 at $120-$170 a bottle. Steven Tanzer is the unheralded great critic in the marketplace; he’s a little more toned-down in his scoring system and a little more to my taste. I quote from Steven Tanzer “Bright dark ruby. Knockout perfumed nose of great purity: cassis, violet, minerals and bitter chocolate. A penetrating wine of outstanding vinosity and verve; offers great tensile strength. Youthfully tight, classic claret whose extremely long finish features very fine tannins. I’m not convinced Ducru has made a wine in recent vintages to equal its ’95 and ’96 releases. Drink 2005 through to 2025.”
Our price offered is 740 UK Pounds per case. Storage is in Bond in London, UK. Please consider this as its a strong buy recommendation.
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