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Text & Photos by Kat Lee
Last weekend, I spent the whole afternoon backing up all my iphone photos in Picasa. The photos of my very first wine trip, Bordeaux, popped up and they brought back the memory of my visit at Château Ducru-Beaucaillou in 2008.
That was a lovely sunny July in Bordeaux. I was so excited about tasting wines and visiting wineries during my training week. The most impressive visit was to Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. It owes its name to the beautiful “beau” large stones “caillou” that characterize its terroir. The château is located in the commune of St. Julien. Its consistency and persistence in the pursuit of high quality of wines has made it become the one of the very best Second Growths in Bordeaux.
When we arrived at the winery, the Chinese flag was raised to say hello to us. After we walked around the cellar, each of us got a gift (a small stone from their vineyard). A real surprise on our visit was seeing a fully human-sized cartoon-like sculpture of a cute cat character, right at the cellar door. It really did break the ice with the visitors and made us feel at home and relaxed.
So when our team had a birthday lunch at Shung Hing Chiu Chow Restaurant last month, I felt blessed to have the chance to taste both 1982 and 1985 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (ex-château stock) side by side. They are ready to drink now but also have the ageing potential to improve their complexity.
1982 Ducru Beaucaillou ( Ex-Chateau ), St. Julien; HK$ 3,400 per bottle
Slightly deeper garnet color than the 1985 one; preserved more blackcurrant fruit with a touch of leather note, a bit of restrained due to lack of breathing time. Cinnamon and dark cherry in the favour with soft tannin. Balance and concentrated. Ready to drink now but can keep another 10-20 years. (WA 96)
Stock availability: 5 bottles & 2 cases of OWC12