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2020 Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse En Primeur

This year, hâteau Grand-Puy-Ducasse, so often in the shadow of Grand-Puy-Lacoste, seems to have really fulfilled its promise.  We were thrilled by the cask sample we tasted in the office and so were delighted to see the critics rave about it ("One of the best ever 94-95 points - Suckling).

Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2023

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Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac

Producer Profile

Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac

Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse is a Cinquième Cru Classé in Pauillac.  The estate came into being when Arnaud Ducasse bought the land in the mid-17th century.  It remained in the same family hands until the purchase to Credit Agricoles Grands Cru, who also own Meyney, Blaignan and Rayne Vigneau in Sauternes

The vineyard's 40 hectares are divided between three main plots which lie on sandy Garonne gravel within the Pauillac appellation.  The vines border Mouton, Lafite and Pontet-Canet to the North.  The average vine age is 25 years.  62% of the vines are Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot.  Average yields are 40 hectolitres per hectare.

RED 2020 Château Grand Puy Ducasse 75cl £300 per case of 12 Château Grand Puy Ducasse
2020 / / 75cl
£300 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Grand-Puy-Ducasse reveals a deep purple-black color and notes of crème de cassis, blackberry pie, espresso and black olives, giving way to nuances of cedar chest, graphite and wild sage, with a suggestion of Sichuan pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with a sturdy frame of chewy tannins and just enough freshness, taking a bit of a flavor-dip in the mid-palate, finishing a little short and firm. Drink 2024-2036. 87-89 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"The 2020 Grand Puy Ducasse is a wonderful effort from this Pauillac that has always threatened to pulls its socks up. The nose is crisp and focused, featuring vivacious black fruit, cedar and light minty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and very well-judged acidity, taut at first but fanning out in a sophisticated fashion that I have not noticed on a Grand Puy Ducasse before. This might well be the dark horse of Pauillac. Chapeau! Tasted three times with consistent notes. 92-94 points" Neal Martin,"Beautiful richness and depth, offering plums, berries and redcurrants with some walnut and hazelnut undertones. It’s full-bodied and layered. Flavorful finish. One of the best ever. 94-95 points""The deep, inky-hued 2020 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse has a seriously impressive, balanced, full-bodied, structured style that's going to reward patience. Pure crème de cassis, black raspberry, graphite, lead pencil, and spring flower notes all define the bouquet, and it has plenty of background oak, a dense, chewy mid-palate, lots of tannins, and a great finish. It's going to need to be forgotten for 7-8 years but will evolve for 30 years or more. 93-95 points"

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