Ch. Ducru Beaucaillou (0.75 L)
NM: Served at the Ducru offline in London, this is a wonderful 1998 Saint-Julien. Like the 1999, it begins quite taciturn on the nose but opens up with a little patience. Darker fruit than the 1999, briary, cedar, cigar box, stronger sous-bois aromas with a hint of iodine, swelling with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent red-berried fruit that actually remind me of the 1995. There is a citrus thread running through this wine, very focused and demonstrating supreme elegance on the finish, those supple tannins í«ticklingí» the palate with their charms. Probably one of the most elegant Ducru Beaucaillou wines in recent years. Drink now-2025. Tasted September 2009.
WA / RP: 91