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Purchased at Christie's early 80s and stored in Victorian wine cellar in owc ever since. Excellent levels, immaculate label and capsule.

"A stunningly perfect bottle of this wine that I would've thought on the downswing by now. It s certainly '78 in style with a bit of green stalk but that gives way to a beautifully layered texture with classic aged Ducru flavours of cedar spice, tobacco and graphite minerals. Very fresh tasting with good balance and a superb aged silky texture. The finish is complex with fully-resolved tannins and wonderful notes of smoky minerals, bitter chocolate and grilled nuts. A very fine aged Bordeaux and a very surprising performance tonight." Recent Cellar tracker comment.

90 points John Gilman. The 1978 Ducru is one of the unequivocal successes from this vintage. The wine shows just a bit of the overt bell pepper tones of this year, which was “saved” by a brilliant Indian summer that brought late-arriving ripeness to the grapes in what had looked for a long time like a vintage that was not going to be successful. I have drunk more than a case of the ’78 Ducru over the years and have enjoyed each and every bottle, but have noticed that the slightly “weedy” nature of the vintage has increased a bit in the last few years. The bouquet is deep and complex, offering up a tertiary blend of cassis, bell pepper, tobacco leaf, gravelly soil tones, a touch of coffee, fresh herb tones, cigar smoke and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely balanced, with a good core, lovely complexity, melting tannins and a long, tangy and beautifully focused finish. The wine these days has a “cooler vintage” profile that I very much enjoy, as the slight weediness from the not quite ideal physiological ripeness of the ’78 vintage provides a character that is very much in keeping with claret from this and earlier epochs. Today, some palates may find this lovely wine just a touch “green”, but I find it absolutely enjoyable and it is a great success in the context of the vintage. (Drink between 2009-2030) (5/2012)

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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien, 1978

Quantity: 2, 75cl

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237580

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Ducru-Beaucaillou 2eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien

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Ducru-Beaucaillou

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2 bottles, 75cl each

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Red

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Still

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France, Bordeaux, Saint Julien

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2eme Cru Classe

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