Fine & Rare Wine Live Auction

February 25, 2017

LOT 43
CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1996 (3) 96 WA
CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE-POYFERRÉ 1990 (6) 97 WA
  • CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1996 (3) 96 WA
CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE-POYFERRÉ 1990 (6) 97 WA

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CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1996 (3)
Saint-Julien. 2ième Cru Classé
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The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis, and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. It will be fascinating for readers who own the 1996 to follow the evolution of this exceptional vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035. 96 WA

CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE-POYFERRÉ 1990 (6)
St. Julien. 2ième Cru Classé
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Absolutely spectacular, the 1990 Leoville Poyferre is much more evolved than either of its two Leoville neighbors. Its opaque plum/garnet color is accompanied by a gorgeous bouquet of smoke, charcoal, creme de cassis, and flowers. Fleshy and opulent, it comes across like a St.-Julien with a Pomerol texture and allure. This beauty has reached full maturity where it should remain for another two decades. Drink: 2009-2029 97 WA


9 bts. per lot $2,900 - $3,300

Realised: $3,120
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Additional Info:

Department: Wine
Bottle Count: 6-12
Bottle Formats: Standard 750ml
Has Tasting Notes
Mixed Lots
Score: 96, 97
Vintage: 1990, 1996