Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac, Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse History, Overview

The history of Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse dates back to the middle of the 18th century when Arnaud Ducasse bought a small house next to the Gironde river. He obtained the land from Jacques de Segur. Segur is one of the famous names in the early days of Bordeaux, as they owned much of the land that is devoted to the top chateaux in the Medoc.

That purchase by the river is important because it eventually became the location of the chateau. In fact, Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse has a unique distinction of being one of the few Bordeaux chateaux that are not located in their vineyards. The chateau, built in the 18th century is located close to the Gironde river.

Additional purchases and exchanges allowed the family to increase the size of what would become the vineyards for Grand Puy Ducasse.

Some of their vines were purchased from the Dejean family, who sold a portion of their Pauillac vineyards to Pierre Ducasse. Those vines soon became Grand Puy Ducasse, while the remainder of their holdings went on to create Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste.

In 1797, the son of Pierre Ducasse inherited the Bordeaux estate known as Ducasse-Grand-Puy-Artigues-Arnaud, which included 60 hectares of vines. His marriage with Jenny Ducasse produced two children who eventually managed the estate when it was classified in 1855 under the name of Chateau Artigues Arnaud. To honor the founders of the Medoc estate, the name was later changed to Grand Puy Ducasse.

Interestingly, Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse has a connection to Sauternes. At some point in time, near the turn of the 19th century, in the early 1900s, the estate was owned by a member of the Suduiraut family. The official company called Grand Puy Ducasse was founded in 1932.

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Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse The Modern Era

In 1971, Grand Puy Ducasse was sold to investors who once again enlarged the properties Left Bank vineyard holdings. In 1980, the chateau added a new vatting house, including sorting tables and other wine-making facilities.

The property was sold in 2004 to CA Grands Crus who also own Chateau Meyney in St. Estephe. After purchasing the vineyard, they quickly began to renovate the estate, replant the vineyards and modernize their cellars and winemaking facilities.

They soon brought in the oenologist, Denis Dubourdieu to consult. That situation changed in November 2013, when the owners, who wanted to shake things up when they hired Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus from St. Emilion to consult. Things have never been better.

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse has slowly but surely continued not only improving their wines but keeping up with technological innovations. In 2012, after giving optical sorting a try in the difficult 2011 Bordeaux vintage, the estate liked the results so much, they purchased their own optical sorters.

In 2012, the chateau completed a renovation of their cellars and added new, cement, egg-shaped vats for vinification, which provided a bit more minerality to the wine. A second, multi-year renovation and modernization of the cellars was completed in 2024.

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 40 hectare Medoc vineyard of Grand Puy Ducasse is planted to 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. This vineyard makeup which shows an increase in the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyard, giving the wines more structure, tannin, and complexity. You also find the addition of Petit Verdot.

The vineyard of Grand Puy Ducasse can be divided into three main blocks with plots on gravel, clay, and sand soils. The vineyard is further subdivided into 60 separate parcels. However, it is important to note that their parcels are widely dispersed in the appellation on a myriad of exposures, elevations, and soil types.

In the northern part of Pauillac, their vines border other famous Pauillac estates, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild and if you travel further to the north, Chateau Pontet Canet and Chateau dArmailhac. The soils here have a bit more limestone, and marl.

In the southern end of Pauillac, Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse has vines close to Chateau Pichon Baron. They also have parcels close to Chateau Lynch Bages. Here you find more sand, clay and gravel, which is perfect for their Merlot and Petit Verdot.

The middle of the vineyards is where you find the gravel slopes known as Grand Puy. Below the gravel and sandy terroir, you find a cooling, water retentive, clay subsoil.

The vines are close to 30 years of age on average. The vines are planted to a density of between 8,000 and 10,000 vines per hectare. Newer plantings are done at the higher level of vine density.

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse began making a slow transition to organic farming in 2014. Initially, they used organic methods on a small, 4.7 hectare of vines. They switched to fully, organic farming in 2025.

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse is vinified in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place mostly in tank. A small percentage of the wine sees Malolactic Fermentation in the barrel.

The wines are aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months, depending on the character of the vintage. Production averages are slightly more than 10,000 cases per year for Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse. There is a second wine, Prelude a Grand Puy Ducasse.

The best vintages of Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse are: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2006 and 2005. It should be noted that the quality of Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse began increasing dramatically starting with the 2015 vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse needs some time in the cellar before it is truly fun to drink. It is a strong, tannic Pauillac wine. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse is usually better with at least 8-10 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse should be at peak maturity between 10-25 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

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Château Grand-Puy Ducasse Wine Tasting Notes

27 Vintages 148,962 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
93
Espresso, mint, incense, flowers, currants, and licorice form the core the wine. On the palate, the fruits are fresh, chewy, and energetic, with a brightness to the finish, that's made even more refreshing with its sprig of mint. This should age for at least 2 decades with ease. Drink from 2029-2050. 92-94 Pts.

Espresso, mint, incense, flowers, currants, and licorice form the core the wine. On the palate, the fruits are fresh, chewy, and energetic, with a brightness to the finish, that's made even more refreshing with its sprig of mint. This should age for at least 2 decades with ease. Drink from 2029-2050. 92-94 Pts.

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2022
93
Deep in color, the wine is equally dark in fruit. The palate is loaded with perfectly ripe, sweet, lush, blackberries, currants, herbs and spice. The finish, with its sweet and chewy crème de cassis character keeps on going. This should age for at least 2 decades with ease. Drink from 2025-2050. 92-94 Pts.

Deep in color, the wine is equally dark in fruit. The palate is loaded with perfectly ripe, sweet, lush, blackberries, currants, herbs and spice. The finish, with its sweet and chewy crème de cassis character keeps on going. This should age for at least 2 decades with ease. Drink from 2025-2050. 92-94 Pts.

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2021
92
Smoke, espresso, cocoa, licorice, menthol and black currant aromatics open the wine. On the palate, the fruits are lively, chewy and fresh. There is sweetness, roundness, structure and a refreshing mint not that adds to the fruit-oriented, chewy finish. This is quite strong for the vintage. Drink from 2026-2045.

Smoke, espresso, cocoa, licorice, menthol and black currant aromatics open the wine. On the palate, the fruits are lively, chewy and fresh. There is sweetness, roundness, structure and a refreshing mint not that adds to the fruit-oriented, chewy finish. This is quite strong for the vintage. Drink from 2026-2045.

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Medium-bodied, bright, crisp, crunchy red currants, cranberry and peppery spices open the wine. On the palate the fruits are lively, chewy and fresh, giving this medium-bodied wine a classic-edged, character and style. Drink from 2025-2045. 90-92

Medium-bodied, bright, crisp, crunchy red currants, cranberry and peppery spices open the wine. On the palate the fruits are lively, chewy and fresh, giving this medium-bodied wine a classic-edged, character and style. Drink from 2025-2045. 90-92

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2021
87
Earthy, forest floor, tobacco, and dark red berries shoot out of the perfume. The medium-bodied palate is soft, round and forward, with an easy-going, early-drinking character. Drink from 2024-2032.

Earthy, forest floor, tobacco, and dark red berries shoot out of the perfume. The medium-bodied palate is soft, round and forward, with an easy-going, early-drinking character. Drink from 2024-2032.

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Forward, medium-bodied, crisp, crunchy savory and bright, with a cranberry and red currant character, this will be best early in life, while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. Drink from 2023-2030. 86-88

Forward, medium-bodied, crisp, crunchy savory and bright, with a cranberry and red currant character, this will be best early in life, while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. Drink from 2023-2030. 86-88

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2020
94
One of the best vintages of Grand Puy Ducasse ever produced is packed with multiple-layers of ripe, fresh, creamy, salt-infused, blackberries, currants, spearmint, cigar box, cedar and lead pencil. There is volume, balance, freshness, length and a fruit-filled finish that holds your focus. This is a top vintage for Grand Puy Ducasse that will age for 2-3 decades. Drink from 2025-2050.

One of the best vintages of Grand Puy Ducasse ever produced is packed with multiple-layers of ripe, fresh, creamy, salt-infused, blackberries, currants, spearmint, cigar box, cedar and lead pencil. There is volume, balance, freshness, length and a fruit-filled finish that holds your focus. This is a top vintage for Grand Puy Ducasse that will age for 2-3 decades. Drink from 2025-2050.

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Dark in color with a nose that quickly displays its cedar, tobacco leaf, thyme, smoke and black currant character, the wine is full-bodied and fleshy with salty tannins and a finish loaded with savory creme de cassis and a touch of chocolate. The wine is rich, supple, long, fresh and delivers a serious depth of flavor and character. This is a top vintage for Grand Puy Ducasse that will age for 3 decades with ease. 92-94 Pts

Dark in color with a nose that quickly displays its cedar, tobacco leaf, thyme, smoke and black currant character, the wine is full-bodied and fleshy with salty tannins and a finish loaded with savory creme de cassis and a touch of chocolate. The wine is rich, supple, long, fresh and delivers a serious depth of flavor and character. This is a top vintage for Grand Puy Ducasse that will age for 3 decades with ease. 92-94 Pts

3,188 Views   Tasted
2020
89
Medium-bodied, forward, spicy, fresh, earthy, red currant packed wine which is already displaying nuances of cedar, and tobacco leaf, in the spicy, crisp, red berry finish. You can easily enjoy this while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. Drink from 2023-2030.

Medium-bodied, forward, spicy, fresh, earthy, red currant packed wine which is already displaying nuances of cedar, and tobacco leaf, in the spicy, crisp, red berry finish. You can easily enjoy this while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. Drink from 2023-2030.

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2019
94
Flowers, red currants and cedar create the nose, while layers of soft, fresh, ripe, dusty red and black currants with touches of olives and savory herbs hit your palate. The tannins are ripe. There is good freshness, weight and the fruits express purity. The wine ends with a refined, polished, mildly dusty finish. Drink from 2025-2040.

Flowers, red currants and cedar create the nose, while layers of soft, fresh, ripe, dusty red and black currants with touches of olives and savory herbs hit your palate. The tannins are ripe. There is good freshness, weight and the fruits express purity. The wine ends with a refined, polished, mildly dusty finish. Drink from 2025-2040.

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Fleshy, ripe and loaded with cassis, blackberry and espresso, the wine is medium/full-bodied, round and juicy, which is perfect for all the fruit and mineral essences in the long, vibrant finish. 92-94 Pts

Fleshy, ripe and loaded with cassis, blackberry and espresso, the wine is medium/full-bodied, round and juicy, which is perfect for all the fruit and mineral essences in the long, vibrant finish. 92-94 Pts

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2018
93
Dark in color, the wine is paced with ripe black currants, espresso, smoke, tobacco, vanilla and blackberry. On the palate the wine is sweet, fresh, juicy, crisp and chewy, with a blast of black and red fruits, herbs and cocoa in the finish. This is a wine to lay down for at least 7-8 years to insure an even better experience. The wine is made from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon with 48% Merlot.

Dark in color, the wine is paced with ripe black currants, espresso, smoke, tobacco, vanilla and blackberry. On the palate the wine is sweet, fresh, juicy, crisp and chewy, with a blast of black and red fruits, herbs and cocoa in the finish. This is a wine to lay down for at least 7-8 years to insure an even better experience. The wine is made from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon with 48% Merlot.

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Dark in color the wine is concentrated and loaded with ripe black currants. The palate feel is full, lush and round, leaving you with dark red fruits, soft tannins and loads of red berries, licorice, tobacco, smoke, cedar and cocoa in the finish. This is a wine to lay down for at least 7-8 years to ensure an even better experience. The wine is made from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon with 48% Merlot. 92-94 Pts

Dark in color the wine is concentrated and loaded with ripe black currants. The palate feel is full, lush and round, leaving you with dark red fruits, soft tannins and loads of red berries, licorice, tobacco, smoke, cedar and cocoa in the finish. This is a wine to lay down for at least 7-8 years to ensure an even better experience. The wine is made from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon with 48% Merlot. 92-94 Pts

2,766 Views   Tasted
2017
91
Bright, fresh, minty, red fruits with touches of tobacco leaves and herbs create the core of this medium-bodied, forward, red currant, and cherry-filled wine. Drink from 2023-2040.

Bright, fresh, minty, red fruits with touches of tobacco leaves and herbs create the core of this medium-bodied, forward, red currant, and cherry-filled wine. Drink from 2023-2040.

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Tobacco, cedar, licorice and ripe, softly textured, bright fruits create the personality here. The wine is medium bodied with salty tannins and a forward finish.

Tobacco, cedar, licorice and ripe, softly textured, bright fruits create the personality here. The wine is medium bodied with salty tannins and a forward finish.

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2016
93
Flowers, tobacco, cigar box, espresso, and ripe, sweet, dark red berries are all over the place here. The wine offers ample concentration, complexity, and character and it will drink well for at least 2 decades. Plus it sells for a song for a Pauillac at this level. Drink from 2025-2045.

Flowers, tobacco, cigar box, espresso, and ripe, sweet, dark red berries are all over the place here. The wine offers ample concentration, complexity, and character and it will drink well for at least 2 decades. Plus it sells for a song for a Pauillac at this level. Drink from 2025-2045.

4,137 Views   Tasted
Medium-full/bodied, with a nose that blasts you with its floral, red berry, espresso, blackberry and smoke filled nose. There is depth of flavor here, but the focus is clearly on the freshness and finesse over power and tannin. The wine was made from blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

Medium-full/bodied, with a nose that blasts you with its floral, red berry, espresso, blackberry and smoke filled nose. There is depth of flavor here, but the focus is clearly on the freshness and finesse over power and tannin. The wine was made from blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

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In line for the best wine ever produced at the estate, there is concentration, volume, freshness, energy and personality The wine is fleshy, full bodied, slightly polished and with 2 hours of decanting, quite easy to like.

In line for the best wine ever produced at the estate, there is concentration, volume, freshness, energy and personality The wine is fleshy, full bodied, slightly polished and with 2 hours of decanting, quite easy to like.

2,791 Views   Tasted
Full bodied, silky, long and fresh, the wine has depth and concentration along with all the ripe, sweet, juicy, fresh dark red fruits you need. The clean, vibrant, cassis and blackberry note in the finish sticks with you. The wine was made from blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

Full bodied, silky, long and fresh, the wine has depth and concentration along with all the ripe, sweet, juicy, fresh dark red fruits you need. The clean, vibrant, cassis and blackberry note in the finish sticks with you. The wine was made from blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

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2015
92
One of the best vintages for Grand Puy Ducasse, the wine is equally luscious, and tannic. But the tannins are soft and refined. The cassis and blackberry fruits are ripe, fresh, vibrant, but also polished. The complexity is there as well as the length.

One of the best vintages for Grand Puy Ducasse, the wine is equally luscious, and tannic. But the tannins are soft and refined. The cassis and blackberry fruits are ripe, fresh, vibrant, but also polished. The complexity is there as well as the length.

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This should hit the top of my score range without much trouble. The fruit, with all its fresh, juicy cassis, blackberries, cedar and tobacco is coming through, loud and clear.

This should hit the top of my score range without much trouble. The fruit, with all its fresh, juicy cassis, blackberries, cedar and tobacco is coming through, loud and clear.

3,176 Views   Tasted
With a smoky licorice and cassis filled profile, this medium-bodied wine has soft tannins and freshness in the finish. 89-91 Pts

With a smoky licorice and cassis filled profile, this medium-bodied wine has soft tannins and freshness in the finish. 89-91 Pts

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2014
92
Supple textured, round, refined and serving up a medium/full bodied layer of dark, red fruits, oak, licorice, earth and black cherry. The plushly textured, fruit finish has a lot to offer.

Supple textured, round, refined and serving up a medium/full bodied layer of dark, red fruits, oak, licorice, earth and black cherry. The plushly textured, fruit finish has a lot to offer.

5,104 Views   Tasted
A smoky mix of cedar, licorice and cassis start off the nose of this wine which is medium to full-bodied shows gentle, refined tannins and a freshness in the fruity, open finish. 91-92 Pts

A smoky mix of cedar, licorice and cassis start off the nose of this wine which is medium to full-bodied shows gentle, refined tannins and a freshness in the fruity, open finish. 91-92 Pts

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2013
87
Opening with cedar, coffee bean and cassis on the nose, this light wine has notes of cranberry and cassis and ends with a sandy, textured finish. 87-88 Pts

Opening with cedar, coffee bean and cassis on the nose, this light wine has notes of cranberry and cassis and ends with a sandy, textured finish. 87-88 Pts

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2012
87
Medium bodied, with a crisp, bright red fruit character, the wine is better on the nose than on the far too short, crunchy, red fruit dominated finish.

Medium bodied, with a crisp, bright red fruit character, the wine is better on the nose than on the far too short, crunchy, red fruit dominated finish.

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Blending 53% Merlot with 47% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a medium bodied, cassis, earth and cranberry leaning wine with a short, bright and slightly tart, lean finish. 85-87 Pts

Blending 53% Merlot with 47% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a medium bodied, cassis, earth and cranberry leaning wine with a short, bright and slightly tart, lean finish. 85-87 Pts

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2011
87
Tight, tart and drying at this stage, the blackberry tinged finish is the best part of the wine. I'd let this sit in the cellar for a while, hoping that things will come together with time.

Tight, tart and drying at this stage, the blackberry tinged finish is the best part of the wine. I'd let this sit in the cellar for a while, hoping that things will come together with time.

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Blending 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot, which reached 13.5% ABV. Yields were 42 hectoliters per hectare. The wine will be aged in 40% new oak. A ruby hue opens to earth, cassis and a hint of oak. Round tannins and with structure to age, this fresh cassis- and cranberry-filled bright wine needs some time to soften. 88-90 Pts

Blending 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot, which reached 13.5% ABV. Yields were 42 hectoliters per hectare. The wine will be aged in 40% new oak. A ruby hue opens to earth, cassis and a hint of oak. Round tannins and with structure to age, this fresh cassis- and cranberry-filled bright wine needs some time to soften. 88-90 Pts

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2010
91
A top notch performance in this vintage with ripe, polished tannins, ample levels of fresh cassis, blackberry, earth, cedar and spice. There is an elegance to the fruit, coupled with the structure to age and charm in the finish. For a classified growth in this vintage, it sells for a fair price as well.

A top notch performance in this vintage with ripe, polished tannins, ample levels of fresh cassis, blackberry, earth, cedar and spice. There is an elegance to the fruit, coupled with the structure to age and charm in the finish. For a classified growth in this vintage, it sells for a fair price as well.

5,896 Views   Tasted
2009
91
The blend of rocks, tobacco leaf, cedar, cigar box and crisp red berries is there on the nose and palate. Juicy, crisp and fresh, with a lot of lift in the finish, this should be better with a few more years in the bottle.

The blend of rocks, tobacco leaf, cedar, cigar box and crisp red berries is there on the nose and palate. Juicy, crisp and fresh, with a lot of lift in the finish, this should be better with a few more years in the bottle.

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With inviting, text book Pauillac aromas of cedar wood, gravel, cassis, blackberry, truffle and tobacco, this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot has round tannins and all the right stuff to age, yet offer pleasure after only a few years of bottle age. For about $40, this is a nice value Bordeaux wine, especially for a Classified Growth.

With inviting, text book Pauillac aromas of cedar wood, gravel, cassis, blackberry, truffle and tobacco, this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot has round tannins and all the right stuff to age, yet offer pleasure after only a few years of bottle age. For about $40, this is a nice value Bordeaux wine, especially for a Classified Growth.

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2008
90
Young and tight, which is not what you want in a wine. But if you have to pull a cork in the name of science, give it a few hours of air. Not quite strict, but close, there is a nice wall of blackberry and cassis, licorice, espresso and tobacco, but the finish has a bit more firmness than I'd like. Let's see in another 5 years or so.

Young and tight, which is not what you want in a wine. But if you have to pull a cork in the name of science, give it a few hours of air. Not quite strict, but close, there is a nice wall of blackberry and cassis, licorice, espresso and tobacco, but the finish has a bit more firmness than I'd like. Let's see in another 5 years or so.

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2007
87
Medium bodied, with peppery, earthy, tobacco influenced, red berry notes in the nose. On the palate, the wine is a bit light, focusing on its slightly, austere, peppery, red fruit character. Drink up.

Medium bodied, with peppery, earthy, tobacco influenced, red berry notes in the nose. On the palate, the wine is a bit light, focusing on its slightly, austere, peppery, red fruit character. Drink up.

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2006
91
Already showing its Pauillac charm, with a cassis, tobacco and cedar filled personality. Medium/full bodied, with a judicious touch of austerity to the tannins in the finish. A few more years should add more nuances and softness to the wine.

Already showing its Pauillac charm, with a cassis, tobacco and cedar filled personality. Medium/full bodied, with a judicious touch of austerity to the tannins in the finish. A few more years should add more nuances and softness to the wine.

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With licorice, smoke, blackberry, cassis, coffee bean and tobacco scents, this medium/full bodied Pauillac is soft and round in texture, but lacking in concentration of flavor.

With licorice, smoke, blackberry, cassis, coffee bean and tobacco scents, this medium/full bodied Pauillac is soft and round in texture, but lacking in concentration of flavor.

3,727 Views   Tasted
2005
90
This is a nice little value Pauillac with cassis, tobacco, cedar, cigar box and gravel scents. The wine is concentrated with ample ripe crunchy cassis and tannin to allow it to improve at least 15 -20 years. It's hard to find many value priced classified growths today. But this is worth the money. It has nice Bordeaux character.

This is a nice little value Pauillac with cassis, tobacco, cedar, cigar box and gravel scents. The wine is concentrated with ample ripe crunchy cassis and tannin to allow it to improve at least 15 -20 years. It's hard to find many value priced classified growths today. But this is worth the money. It has nice Bordeaux character.

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2004
90
Surprisingly fine in this mixed vintage, with polished textures, lots of cassis, tobacco, cedar chest and charm.

Surprisingly fine in this mixed vintage, with polished textures, lots of cassis, tobacco, cedar chest and charm.

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2003
90
Medium bodied and probably close to fully developed, the fruit has a ripe, flashy, textural quality on the palate. In the nose, tobacco, red and dark red berries, forest floor and earthy notes create the perfume. There is no sensation of heat, or jam, but it seems to have developed rapidly, so it is not a wine for a long term hold. I'd opt for drinking it over the next 5 years or so.

Medium bodied and probably close to fully developed, the fruit has a ripe, flashy, textural quality on the palate. In the nose, tobacco, red and dark red berries, forest floor and earthy notes create the perfume. There is no sensation of heat, or jam, but it seems to have developed rapidly, so it is not a wine for a long term hold. I'd opt for drinking it over the next 5 years or so.

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2001
89
Fully mature, the wine is medium-bodied bordering on light. The earthy red fruits come with a boatload of tobacco, smoke and wet earth, but the wine lacks depth and punch. The wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate. If you are holding on to this hoping for better days, drink up, as it is not going to get any better.

Fully mature, the wine is medium-bodied bordering on light. The earthy red fruits come with a boatload of tobacco, smoke and wet earth, but the wine lacks depth and punch. The wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate. If you are holding on to this hoping for better days, drink up, as it is not going to get any better.

3,961 Views   Tasted
2000
87
Medium bodied and already mature, dominated by bright red fruits, earth, tobacco and spice, this is not a wine to age.

Medium bodied and already mature, dominated by bright red fruits, earth, tobacco and spice, this is not a wine to age.

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1970
70
1970 Grand Puy Ducasse. What a difference a last name makes. I never tasted this wine before today, so I have no idea as to the timing of its demise. From it's color, I doubt it was recent. The tobacco, dried fruit, smoke and earthy aromas were the best part of the wine. Had I not tasted it, my opinion would have been much more positive. Being an intrepid soul, I made the mistake of putting this tart, dried out, sour wine in my mouth.

1970 Grand Puy Ducasse. What a difference a last name makes. I never tasted this wine before today, so I have no idea as to the timing of its demise. From it's color, I doubt it was recent. The tobacco, dried fruit, smoke and earthy aromas were the best part of the wine. Had I not tasted it, my opinion would have been much more positive. Being an intrepid soul, I made the mistake of putting this tart, dried out, sour wine in my mouth.

3,078 Views   Tasted
1961
86
Stern and austere, the herbal, leafy, pepper and cedar notes overpowered the remaining cassis and cherry fruits. The finish, with its rustic, bright, cherry and cranberry notes lacked weight and length. I imagine this was better 20 years ago.

Stern and austere, the herbal, leafy, pepper and cedar notes overpowered the remaining cassis and cherry fruits. The finish, with its rustic, bright, cherry and cranberry notes lacked weight and length. I imagine this was better 20 years ago.

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