The 2012 Château Beauregard Ducasse Graves provides ample evidence as to why Graves enjoys the status as the first Bordeaux and why more importantly it remains a consummate favorite of connoisseurs. In classic Graves fashion the 2012 Château Beauregard Ducasse offers both flavor and finesse, without the searing tannins of its younger Médoc siblings. This Château Beauregard Ducasse displays a deep ruby robe and a delightful bouquet resplendent with enticing fruit and earth tones that make you wonder if the aroma alone isn’t worth the cost of the wine. Balanced and full of savory flavors that expand in the mouth, the medium-bodied 2012 Château Beauregard Ducasse is, in true Bordeaux fashion, a bit reticent upon first opening. With a bit of aeration, it offers up a delightful mélange of blackcurrant fruit, cedar, mineral, smoked herbs and a touch of toasted oak to frame the wine’s soft dry tannins. We suggest 30 minutes of aeration (preferably in a decanter) for this round red Graves to collect itself and strut its layer upon layer of flavor and innate complexity. In authentic Graves fashion, the 2012 Château Beauregard Ducasse provides the quintessential accompaniment to an elegant dinner party. It can be enjoyed now or laid down for additional ageing. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest serving this classic red Graves at cool room temperature (59°-64° F).