Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Spectator
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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2018

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100 Points - Wine Enthusiast

The 2018 vintage was generous to the style of Ducru-Beaucaillou. The rich character of wines from this estate is enhanced by the ripeness and concentration of its wine. At the same time, it keeps a fantastic freshness from the acidity. This wine will go down in the annals of this historic estate, and it is not likely to approach drinkability before 2028. 

99 Points - James Suckling

Aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, new leather and bark follow through to a full body with a dense, deep palate that goes on and on but is still shy and reserved. A large amount of ultra-fine, cashmere-like tannins that are silky, sleek and wonderfully integrated. Extremely long and focused. It needs at least four to five years to start opening—a beautiful wine for the cellar. Try after 2027. 

96+ Points - Wine Spectator

It is brimming with nearly exotic blackberry, plum, blueberry and acaí berry reduction notes, bristling with brambly energy and racing through a graphite-edged finish. Shows gorgeous perfume throughout, despite the reasonably obvious level of concentration.

98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The Grand Vin 2018 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou checks in as 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that was harvested at the end of September through October 10 and aged in new French oak. This is a gorgeous, incredibly complete, classic expression of this terroir, offering a heavenly nose of creme de cassis, cedar wood, unsmoked tobacco, new leather, spring flowers, chocolate, and a touch of chalky minerality. It's one of the vintage's most concentrated, impressive wines with full-bodied richness, a monster of a mid-palate, remarkable pure, and an excellent finish. It might also be one of the longest-lived. It reminds me of an improved version of the 1996 or a hypothetical mix of the 2010 and 2016.

98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, aged 18 months in 100% new barriques. Deep purple-black coloured, it has a powerful nose of baked black cherries, blackberry preserves and creme de cassis with nuances of menthol, pencil lead, cedar chest and Indian spices, plus fragrant wafts of violets and licorice emerging after a few minutes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with impactful black fruits and exotic spices layers, supported by firm, ripe grainy tannins and bags of freshness, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. There is a brightness to the wine, surprising freshness, yet it remains vibrant and hedonic, presenting an extraordinary vinous paradox that will blow away fans of this great estate.