Grand-Puy Ducasse, an ample and classy Pauillac cru classé
The winemaker will remember 2016 as an unprecedented vintage, with a very rainy spring and a summer without end. The tremendous harvest conditions of the 2016 Indian summer were reminiscent of those of the greatest vintages. For its blend Château Grand-Puy Ducasse chose 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot.
Inky in colour, very dark with violet reflections. The nose of this Pauillac is very dense and concentrated but boldly expresses fragrances rich in very delicious black fruits. The aromatic freshness is absolute and also creates an impression of tension. The palate is dynamic and the mid-palate - dense and with broad shoulders - is wrapped in fruits (the crunch of a grape), organized around tannins of great maturity and noble juice. The end of the palate of the Grand-Puy Ducasse 2016 is creamy, fresh and as a whole very balanced. Very classy and of great keeping potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Grand-Puy-Ducasse follows up the 2015 with a 2016 that is equally good, marking--one hopes--a change in direction for this Pauillac estate that frustratingly under-performed in the past. This has a very attractive bouquet with pure blackberry and raspberry coulis aromas, just that hint of pencil lead leading you towards Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, plenty of sappy black fruit and a hint of tar and graphite towards the persistent finish. This is an excellent G.P.D that should give a couple decades of drinking pleasure.