Still on the upside with a good 20 years of life left in it is the 1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou. This wine is firm and structured, still has a dense ruby/plum/garnet color, is full-bodied and rich with plenty of cedar wood, blackcurrants and forest floor. It is a beauty that can be drunk now, but its best days are still ahead.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, August 2016|
One of the all-time great Ducrus, probably matched or eclipsed by several recent vintages (i.e., 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008). The 1982 is still 5-8 years away from full maturity, but it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged more slowly than I initially expected. It is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou produced after the 1961 and before the 2003.
|Score: 96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009|
One of the few top Médocs that seem to be close to full maturity, the 1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou shows a dense, almost inky, plum/garnet colour, a striking nose of minerals intermixed with cedar, black currant, autumnal leaves, and spice box. The wine is chewy and opulent, particularly for a Ducru-Beaucaillou, with a lot of flesh and concentration. The tannins are still there but are sweet, and the velvety finish is suggestive of a wine that has entered its plateau of maturity. A gorgeous effort and certainly the best Ducru-Beaucaillou until the mid- to late 1990s.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
A wine of extraordinary aromatic complexity and finesse, this sweet effort possesses a dark ruby colour with a pink rim. Once past the gloriously complex aromatics (blueberries, blackcurrants, minerals, and underbrush), the wine reveals terrific fruit intensity, excellent harmony, medium body, sweet tannin, and a long finish. This superb, elegant 1982 has achieved full maturity, but it promises to last for another 15+ years. Drink 2000-2015
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000|
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998|
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2007|