Grand Puy Ducasse is an estate that has historically underperformed given the quality of the terroir they possess. New owners and having Hubert de Bouard as the consultant has seen the quality steadily improve. In 2018, 2019, and now 2020, Grand Puy Ducasse have approached their true potential level of quality. Grand Puy Ducasse is a wine to age; it will look best after 15 years of age.
Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse 5th Growth Pauillac 2020 is sold En-Primeur. You order and pay now, to receive the En-Primeur pricing. You will receive the wine in mid-late 2023
Grand Puy Ducasse is a very old estate and unusual in that the Chateau is not in the vineyards. The estate was part of the same holdings as Grand Puy Lacoste, but they were split in 1750. Not a lot of memorable wine was made until CA Grands Crus purchased it in 2004 and put Denis Dubourdieu as the consultant. In 2013 Hubert de Bouard (Chateau Angelus) replaced Dubourdieu, and the wines have improved further.
Grand Puy Ducasse has 40ha of vines with 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot. Grand Puy Ducasse has vines in the northern part of Pauillac with neighbours such as Mouton and Lafite Rothschild and not far from Pontet Canet. In the south, their vines are near Pichon Baron and Lynches Bages.
Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse 5th Growth Pauillac 2020 Wine Review
Wine Cellar Insider
“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.”
Situated near the Atlantic coast of France. The Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers provide its shape. Cool conditions and frequent rainfall, including during harvest time, make Bordeaux quite a marginal region with vintages frequently ruined by rain or saved from the rain at the last minute by timely sunshine.
The powerhouse of the Left Bank. It contains three of the five first growth wines in the Medoc and a wealth of other great Chateaux beyond that. It combines the cool charm of St-Julien to the South and the rugged richness of St-Estephe to the North. Therefore Pauillac is the benchmark for classic Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon reigns here. In a great vintage, Pauillac wines keep forever.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Although Cabernet does often require blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz to fix the hole it has in its middle palate.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid, but in some places, like Petrus, they are almost not needed.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is pretty special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product. This includes the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. This is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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