(2006 Vintage) The weather in June was fine. The month of July was torrid and cause for concern. Crop-thinning was carried out so as to leave 4 to 6 bunches per vine at Ducru Beaucaillou and 6 to 8 bunches per vine at Lalande Borie. The first and limited leaf-pulling was done over the entire vineyard: to ensure that the clusters were properly ventilated. While still being protected from too much exposure to the sun that could burn them. Atlantic weather prevailed in August. It was moderately hot, with some showers during the last two weeks of the month. The first fortnight of September was sunny, even torrid, with temperatures exceeding 30 °C. This favoured the quick maturation of the Merlots which developed record levels of sugar, identical to those attained in 2005 and 2003. The Cabernets Sauvignons ripened later. Extensive leaf-pulling was carried out around the clusters so that they could fully benefit from the tender September sunshine and thus attain full maturity. This also ensured the proper airing of the berries and prevented the development of botrytis.
Robert Parker"One of the most compelling Ducru Beaucaillou’s made in the last quarter century is the 2003 (which is also the first vintage to be packaged in an impressive heavy glass bottle with a special long cork). A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, it is a powerful, tannic, blockbuster effort revealing a liqueur of mineral-like component intermixed with creme de cassis, raspberry, and flower characteristics, and an atypically high 13.5% alcohol. Having firmed up considerably since bottling, ...
International Wine CellarRuby-red. Sexy nose offers superripe currant, raspberry, graphite and coconut. Lush, very rich and fine-grained, with an almost confectionery sweetness and thickness for this St. Julien. Atypically powerful on the back end, but not hard. Bruno Borie took over direction of this property with the 2003 and immediately switched to a heavier bottle with a longer neck that could accommodate a 55-millimeter cork. A terrific showing-but I'd still give this wine another four or five years of aging.
Wine SpectatorRating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/30/2006