Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2008 (Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France)
13%, Cork, circa $300
I’m calling this is a recalibration wine, just to remind what a super second like Ducru could do in a tricky vintage like 2008.
In contrast, the palate starts classically, fine and refreshingly tannic, but it gets warmer and less perfect as it goes along – the hot vintage corrupting the Bordeaux structures. Still, those long, powdery tannins, the endless finish – it’s all top of the tree stuff, if not quite as perfect as it could be in a truly great vintage..
Personally, I don’t love this and don’t think I could drink it anytime soon. Yet you can’t help admire it and score it appropriately.