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Ducru Beaucaillou 1982 St. Julien
7/97. Acquired in England Feb-96 for $100 (imported from London for $128
My first taste of this 'super second' Bordeaux. The wine accompanied the main dish of Steak Tartar.
COLOR: Dark violet red, enriched by some beautiful brownish hues.
NOSE: Deep bouquet, not explosive but very rich and enticing. Elegant fruit with warm, soft, 'merlotish' touch. Not much of the Bordeaux-type pencil-tip, cedar etc.
TASTE: How shall I put it trying to restraint myself? 'interesting'?, 'classically austere'? or just plain ugly?
LENGTH: Medium long bitterish aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium bodied. Not watery, but harsh tannins masks whatever fruit there is there. Lack of acidity does not help too. Poorly balanced.
OVERALL: Either the king is naked or my palate is so unsophisticated... In short - disappointing.
MARK: 16/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? No.
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