Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse Pauillac 2015
|France, Bordeaux, Pauillac
|Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse
This generous, ripe wine is filled with fine tannins as well as juicy black-currant fruits. It is approachable in the sense that the fruit is so delicious. However, watch for those tannins that are firm and dense and will allow the wine to age. Best to wait until 2024.
The 2015 Grand-Puy-Ducasse has a classic pencil lead and cedar-scented bouquet that feels just a little foursquare at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with a dash of spice on the entry. This is underpinned by quite robust tannin, but fortunately this Pauillac forages finesse towards the finish that is well balanced and offers attractive persistence. While not as showy out of barrel, I suspect it may coalesce and turn into one of the better wines from this estate in recent years. My banded score based upon that optimism.
A touch austere along the edges, with a charcoal frame, but the core of plum and black cherry fruit is solid, showing alluring iron and bay leaf accents. Best from 2019 through 2027. 10,250 cases made.