One of the stars of the vintage, and a remarkable achievement in 2008, with impressive richness, this dense purple colored wine is almost as opaque as the 2010. Spring flowers, crushed rocks, creme de cassis and some subtle oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine that transcends the vintage character in its power, richness, and aging potential. It also exhibits tremendous precision, purity, and depth of character. It is more forward than the 2010 is likely to be, but probably not as sumptuous as the 2009 will turn out to be. This is a wine to buy. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
In Bruno Borie's words, the 2008 Ducru Beaucaillou is "well above 2004, with much more structure than 2007, and more sensuality than 2006." I would add that it is even better than that, and as profound as the 2005. Approximately 33% of the crop made it into Ducru, which came in at 13.1% natural alcohol. This 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot blend reveals a dense opaque purple color as well as a gorgeously sweet bouquet of spring flowers, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, licorice, espresso roast, and spice. A testament to the density and richness of this wine is the fact that no oak is apparent in the aromas or flavors. The wine is unctuously textured, but analytically, it has a good level of total acid and sound pH. This fabulous offering will age effortlessly for 30-40+ years.Bruno Borie deserves accolades for the remarkable things he has accomplished at Ducru Beaucaillou over the last few years.
|Score: 96/98||Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009|
The 2008 Ducru Beaucaillou has a very well defined bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, mineral and smoke. This is very focused and detailed, the oak beautifully integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a fine line of acidity, crisp and detailed with a harmonious finish laced with white pepper that lingers in the mouth. There was a point where the 2008 came across as a little stemmy however, this element has clearly been subsumed and it should age with style over the next two decades. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 10-Year On tasting. 2018 - 2038
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), May 2018|
This contains 10% pressed wine (Bruno classifies five types of press wine and only uses the best.) A deep purple colour. Again, the nose is a little reticent at first but unfurls nicely in the glass with blackberry, cassis, a touch of graphite and smoke. There is a fine sense of mineralité this year. The palate is full-bodied, firm tannins, masculine, structured but great purity. Blackberry, cassis, blueberry and a touch of crushed violets. Grainy finish, a little unresolved but very fine matière. Good length and it harmonizes with aeration. More conservative than Las-Cases, but it is still extremely well crafted and should age gracefully. Tasted April 2009
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009|
Fabulous nose of crushed blackberries, minerals and raspberries, with hints of licorice. Full, with very fine tannins and a racy finish. I love the precision of the tannins and the long finish
|Score: 90/93||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, April 2009|
85% Cabernet Sauvignon. 90% new oak. Seven different coopers. Only 35 out of an estate total of 100ha goes into this wine now, though it used to be much more (before La Croix existed as a distinct entity).Impressive density with a pale purple rim. Aromatic and dry but with a lot of rich, velvety mass in the middle. Pretty impressive! Marginally flashy but really makes a splash. Dry finish. Very firm with lots of dry tannin. Pretty confident and savoury.. Wait! Ambitious. Very 'masculine'.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009|
Ripe and fleshy on the nose blackcurrant is enriched by chocolate and coffee. The suppleness of the tannins helps to fill out the mid palate and ensure that the sweetness of the fruit shows to advantage. There is a backbone of freshness, this underlying structure enhancing complexity
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2009|