The Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard is a gorgeously rendered single vineyard Cabernet, intensely aromatic and polished on the palate.
In this offer, buy a dozen of Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Cabernet and we’ll upgrade one of those bottles to a Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2me cru classe, St-Julien 2017
Attractive, intense aromas of ripe blueberries, currants and more savory, tarry notes, as well as iodine, violets and cassis. The palate has a supple and succulent feel. This is cabernet in outright seductive mode, offering such fluid tannins and mouth-filling length. A blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. One of the stars of the vintage. Drink or hold.
Deep purple-black in color, the 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou slowly unfurls to reveal beautifully fragrant notes of warm kirsch, wild blueberries, fresh red and black currants and violets with wafts of underbrush and Earl Grey tea. Medium-bodied, the palate has great freshness and elegance, with very well-played, plush tannins and bags of perfumed fruit, finishing on a lingering spicy note. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.
The 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou is racy, deep and opulently beautiful. In 2017, Ducru is very red-fruited and floral, with tons of inner sweetness and nuance to match its sumptuous, exotic personality. Mint, spice, chocolate and licorice accents add character as the 2017 gains brightness, aromatic purity and detail with a bit of air. Bruno Borie gave the 2017 18 months in 100% new oak. Along with Beychevelle, Ducru is the most flamboyant wine in Saint-Julien. Tasted two times.
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2010 Hickenbotham Cabernet Sauvignon is intensely scented of creme de cassis, blackberry preserves and plum compote with touches of menthol, cloves and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth with tons of black fruit, Chinese five spice and earth flavor layers supported by firm, finely grained tannins and lively acid, it finishes with great length. Drink it 2014 to 2024+.
94+ points, Wine Advocate (February 2013)