Supple yet full-bodied, a typically fine Saint Julien that needs 8-10 years to reveal its rich and fruity, elegant flavors of cassis, vanilla and ripe blackberries.
dec2011~ Appearance: clarity: clear Intensity: medium(+) Color: Garnet other observation: legs Nose: Condition: Clean Intensity: medium Development: Fully developed Aroma char: blackcherry, leather, coffee Palate: Dry medium acidity medium (+) tannin medium alcohol medium (+) body flavor intensity: medium flavor char: blackcherry, coffee, leather, mushroom (?) length: long Quality: very good readiness: drink now (but had potential for ageing??)
Robert Parker(2007 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2010
Wine & Spirits(2007 Vintage) International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer (2008) - 89-92
Robert Parker(2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006
International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Good deep ruby-red. Wonderfully sweet, aromatic nose combines currant, chocolate and cedary oak. Fat, lush and silky, with atypical volume to the flavors of plum, tobacco and chocolate. Wonderfully supple, plump wine with layers of flavor, thoroughly sweet tannins and compelling aromatic persistence. Today the wine's substantial baby fat is masking its impressive underlying power. According to Borie, this 2005 combines the best traits of the chateau's 2003 and 2000.
International Wine Cellar(1995 Vintage) 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 2025.