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Château Grand-Puy Ducasse

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2018 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 93

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

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2017 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 91

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 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 93

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.

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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 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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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.

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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 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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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 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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

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2012 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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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

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2011 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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Blending 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot, which reached 13.5% alcohol. 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 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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2009 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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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.

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2008 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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2007 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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2006 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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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.

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2005 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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2004 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 90

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

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2003 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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2001 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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2000 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 87

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 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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1961 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse  (Pauillac) 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.

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