Fine Wine

May 2331, 2022
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LOT 569

Lot 569

CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1988 (1) CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1996 (3) WA 96

CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1988 (1)
CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1996 (3) WA 96
Lot 569 Details
CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1988 (1)

Saint-Émilion. Premier Grand Cru Classé
u. bn. soiled, scraped & marked label. scraped capsule.

CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 1996 (3)

Saint-Julien. 2ième Cru Classé
u. 2 x bn. 1 x vts. 3 x scraped & marked labels. 1 x wrinkled label.

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. WA 96

4 bts.    per lot $1,200 - $1,400

Realised: $1,584
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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