Ducru is one of my favorite Bordeaux wines, and I've always enjoyed its smoothness and finesse. The Chateau is a "show place" and with their modern facility, they are making some outstanding wines.
I had 4 bottles of the 1996 vintage resting in my cellar, but I read a recent wine review and made me think it was ready. Still, I double decanted this 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou through a Vinturi aerator, then re-corked the bottle for three hours. Simply put, this wine is not ready, and won't be for at least 5 or 6 years minimum, IMO.
The color was youthful, the tannins are strong, and the wine is closed! The fruit may be plentiful, but it seemed not well integrated, or even sweet enough. This bottle screams for maturity, and if it ever comes together, it should be outstanding. Those who can't wait should be prepared to give it some serious decanting time.