2014 Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse (750ml)
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This wine estate’s history began with Pierre Ducasse, a lawyer with a passionate for wine who acquired land in the area in the late 1700s. New purchases and exchanges enabled him to extend his properties until his death in 1797. His son inherited much real estate; which comprised about sixty hectares, of which nearly two-thirds were planted with vines. Around 1820, he built the current castle facing the Gironde estuary, on the site of the house of his ancestors. From his marriage to Jenny Ducasse two daughters were born and it was under the direction of one of his sons-in-law, Adrien Chauvet, that the estate was classified under the name of Artigues Arnaud in 1855. The Civil Society named Grand -Puy Ducasse was then created in 1932.
In 1971 that new partners took over the operation and proceeded to restructure and expand the vineyards. In 2004 Château Grand Puy Ducasse was purchased by CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Crédit Agricole Group. The optimization plan for the entire vineyard initiated when the Château was purchased is now being carried out by Anne Le Naour, Technical Director of the estate, assisted by the advice of oenologist Hubert de Bouärd.
The 40 hectares of the vineyard are spread over three large plots sitting on silico-gravelly Garonne gravel of the Pauillac appellation. The vineyards of the property are neighbors to the north, of Mouton, Lafite and Pontet-Canet. In the center, they occupy part of the Bourdieu de Grand-Puy. To the south, they are located on the plateau of Saint-Lambert. The vines are an average 25 years old; the vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (62%) and Merlot (38%).
This is a particularly rich wine for the vintage offering a well structured palate with ripe black fruit flavors of cassis and plum with some licorice on the finish. Well defined supporting tannins and a streak of graphite. Enjoy this classy red with grilled steak, mushrooms and roasted vegetables.
Château Grand-Puy Ducasse is a legendary wine, classified as a Grand Cru in the famous 1855 classification. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are planted on a soil of gravel typical of Pauillac. Thanks to careful harvesting and tailor-made ageing, Château Grand-Puy Ducasse is renowned for its aromatic complexity, characteristic of the best Pauillacs, its beautiful structure and its aptitude for aging.
Vinification in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place mostly in tank. A small percentage of the wine sees malolactic fermentation in the barrel. The wines are aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months, depending on the character of the vintage. Production averages are slightly more than 10,000 cases per year for Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse.