Following our recent visit to Bordeaux and Château Ducru Beaucaillou, we opened a special birth year bottle of the top ranked Second Growth St Julien from our cellar. Fellow Pour Boy and wine buddy Bill, and Beth, were visiting from Charleston so we selected a bottle from their son Matt's birth year vintage of which we hold a case that we acquired back upon release.
Our visit to the historic Château was one of the highlights of our trip to the St Julien Appellation. We hold more than a dozen vintages of this label and consider it one of the stalwarts of our cellar, designated as one of the 'signature' wines that we collect for a vertical collection of our kids' birth year vintages. As such we're still holding bottles from the 1981, 1982, 1985 and 1990 vintages, and several in between and many since. We also hold some large format bottles in magnums and 3.0 liter double magnums of the label that should provide for longer term aging.
Château Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien Bordeaux 1989
recent tasting of the 1985 release of this wine, a testament to the longevity of this wine. It is still available at K&L Wineshop in the (SF) Bay Area (for $179), and as Clyde Beffa on staff there notes, "Quite big for the vintage, but has softened up quite a bit in recent years. Good value."
Like the 1985 that we tasted recently, this is also drinking very nicely and doesn't come across as a 30+ year old in the least.
The capsule, label, and cork were all in perfect condition, like new. The fill was into the neck. No signs whatsoever of diminution from age.
Tonight was consistent with my notes from a decade and a year ago. Garnet color - medium-light delicate body; floral perfume, black cherry and berry fruits with layers of anise, tobacco and black tea and a hint of leather, with floral continuing on a modest tannin finish. Still has some years left but assuredly not likely to improve with further aging.
RM 91 points.
Wine Spectator gave this release a rating of 92 points.