Deep, intense red and clear, with black center. Blackberry, cassis, vanilla with faint charcoal and pencil lead on the nose. Same notes on the palate with blueberry as well. Lingering blackberry mineral finish. Perfectly ripe, precise fruit supported by very firm structure, that was not austere.
I feel comfortable placing this one in the "outstanding" category because of its high degree of concentration and structure, that never felt heavy or dull. Intense, but not over-extracted.
In the middle of the 17th century, Arnaud Ducasse bought a small house, on the banks of the Gironde estuary, to Jacques de Ségur, Seigneur of Lafite. He could hardly had imagined then that it would be the start of a superb estate that would remain in his family for almost three centuries. Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse was classified 5th growth in the famous 1855 classification. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are planted on a gravel soil, typical of Pauillac. Thanks to impeccable harvesting and tailor-made winemaking, Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse has all the excellent qualities of a legendary fine wine, renowned for aromatic complexity, glorious structure ageing capacity, all true to the Pauillac’s style.
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 chateau that are not located in their vineyards. The chateau, built in the 18th century is located close to the Gironde river.
blackberry, cherry, jam, black pepper, licorice
musk, green pepper, red fruit, mineral , red cherry