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201 Premiere Château Grand-Puy Ducasse -Subskription 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Oaky and almost soapy on the nose, a touch gamy even with a nice pink peppercorn tone – soft in the mouth, a bit indistinct, nice fresh tannins, very little follow through, nice tobacco and ripe herb tones on the finish though (85-86)

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Château Grand-puy-ducasse:
When, in the middle of the 18th century, Arnaud Ducasse bought a small house on the banks of the Gironde estuary from Jacques de Ségur, Seigneur of Lafite, he could hardly have imagined that this would be the start of a considerable estate that would remain in his family for almost three centuries. Pierre Ducasse, a lawyer who was very keen on vine-growing, was to truly found the estate. He b... Read more
When, in the middle of the 18th century, Arnaud Ducasse bought a small house on the banks of the Gironde estuary from Jacques de Ségur, Seigneur of Lafite, he could hardly have imagined that this would be the start of a considerable estate that would remain in his family for almost three centuries. Pierre Ducasse, a lawyer who was very keen on vine-growing, was to truly found the estate. He bought land and part of the "Bourdieu" of Grand-Puy, which lay within three parishes: Pauillac, Saint-Lambert and Saint-Sauveur, as well as three manorships: Lafite, Latour and Beychevelle. Additional purchases and swaps then enabled him to extend his estates up to his death in 1797. His son inherited a full-blown estate, which was called Ducasse-Grand-Puy-Artigues-Arnaud and included 148 acres, of which almost two-thirds were planted with vines. Around 1820, he had the existing château built, on the site of his ancestors' house, facing the Gironde estuary. His marriage with Jenny Ducase produced two children, and it was under the management of one of his sons-in-law, Adrien Chauvet, that the wine estate was classified in 1855, under the name of Artigues Arnaud. The company called Grand-Puy Ducasse was founded in 1932. In 1971 a new group of shareholders took on the somewhat dormant estate, and went on to restructure and enlarge the vineyard holding. As from 1980, the winery was equipped with a new vatting house, including sorting tables and other facilities for handling the harvest. In 1991, in order to improve the quality of hand harvesting, the sorting tables were moved into the vineyards. Since the acquisition of Château Grand-Puy Ducasse in 2004 by CA Grands Crus, an improvement plan has been put in place for the entire estate. This is supervised by Bernard Monteau, the technical director, and abetted by advice from the consultant oenologist, Denis Dubourdieu. The company CA GRANDS CRUS, a fully owned subsidiary of the Groupe Crédit Agricole, became, in 2004, the owner of five prestigious Bordeaux estates: Château de Rayne Vigneau, 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes, Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, 5ème Grand Cru Classé Pauillac, Château Meyney, Saint-Estèphe, Château Blaignan et Château Plagnac, Crus Bourgeois Médoc. Read less

Editorial Reviews for 201 Premiere Château Grand-Puy Ducasse -Subskription

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Oaky and almost soapy on the nose, a touch gamy even with a nice pink peppercorn tone – soft in the mouth, a bit indistinct, nice fresh tannins, very little follow through, nice tobacco and ripe herb tones on the finish though (85-86)


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Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,872
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/29/2009

A bit disappointing. A bright ruby colored wine with cedar, cigar, ash and undergrowth notes. Strong tannins on finish, but a bit unrefined.


Snooth User: Nicki
56532156
3.50 5
Vintage: 2001 04/19/2008

Tasted November 2007: Good to very good wine, clearly from a successful Haut-Médoc vintage, but perhaps not for extended cellaring. A classic Pauillac bouquet, fresh, serious but low-keyed. Very structured on the palate, but quite rustic and a bit short of fruit. Good, yet dry aftertaste. For Pauillac aficionados. I gather it will be best from 2009 through 2013.


Snooth User: turquoise
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2.50 5
Vintage: 1998 10/10/2010

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: avramgoldmann
12746090
4.00 5
Vintage: 1996 01/26/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Nicki
56532156
3.50 5
Vintage: 1993 04/14/2008

Tasted April 2008: very good colour, rather classic Pauillac nose with ripe flavours of dark fruit but overall elegant, remarkably well-balanced taste with good intensity and body for the vintage and fine aftertase. Grand-Puy Ducasse is known to produce its best wines in poor years, and the 1992 and 1993 are surely better than the 1990. This 1993 bottle is a very pleasant surprise for the vintage. Drink up before the wine fades. (Best before 2010)


External Reviews for 201 Premiere Château Grand-Puy Ducasse -Subskription

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Vintage: 2010 03/19/2013

Mouthfilling, with lots of fleshy crushed plum, blackberry and currant fruit pushed by dark tobacco and roasted vanilla notes. Muscular, but rounded and showing good integration already. -J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Grand-Puy-Ducasse 6000ml


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Vintage: 2010 03/03/2013

Blueberry, currants and blackberries on the nose and palate. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Very well done here. James Suckling. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Grand-Puy-Ducasse 6000ml


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Vintage: 2010 06/16/2011

2010: The recent resurrection and impressive quality emerging from Grand-Puy-Ducasse is obvious in their prodigious 2010. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by abundant notes of graphite, cassis and blueberry liqueur offered in an opaque, full-bod... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Grand-Puy-Ducasse 6000ml


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Vintage: 2010 03/26/2013

This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot is an up-front, seductively styled Pauillac (one of the more forward and evolved wines from this appellation in 2010). Deep purple, with exceptionally subtle texture and oodles of cassis fruit as well as hints of mocha and white chocolate, it is an elegant wine, but the overall impression is one of considerable flesh, fat and succulence. It will be hard to resist now, but can be cellared for another 15+ years.


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Vintage: 2010 03/26/2013

Features loam, dark chocolate and steeped plum and black currant fruit, staying polished overall, with a singed apple wood note integrated through the solid finish. Shows excellent typicity. Best from 2015 through 2028.


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Vintage: 2009 05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


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Vintage: 2009 03/12/2013

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Primary and grapey on the nose, but pure and clean on the palate. Aromas of red fruits dominate this wine, as well as black cherry, vanilla, and a touch of toasty oak. This has great structure coupled with big, b... John Sweeney. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Grand-Puy-Ducasse 750ml


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