Decanter - Lots of ripe fruit with good depth but not much finesse. The character will show as it matures. 89 Points
James Suckling - A refined and balanced red for the vintage with a lovely core of fruit. Medium to full body, bright finish. Lovely citrus, earth and fruit undertones. 90-91 Points
Neil Martin - 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. 90 - 92 Points
Jancis Robinson - Very dark crimson. Made by Hubert de Boüard for Crédit Agricole. Sweet and luscious. Racy and round. Difficult to find the tannins. Very sweet indeed. Different from the usual Pauillac. Early drinking? 16.5+
The soil consists of sand-gravel areas where Cabernet Sauvignon (62%) gives the best of himself, while more serious clayey and clayey sand are for the Merlot crop.
Aged in barrels with 30 to 40% of new wood, the Grand Puy Ducasse wines offer a great aromatic complexity and remarkable tannin structure, with great aging potential.
This 5th Cru Classé of Pauillac was founded by Pierre Ducasse in the early 18th century, over successive acquisitions but also by inheritance, where the original configuration of the vineyards on three separate parcels. In total, the area has 40 hectares of vineyards, the northernmost being neighbors of the 1st Crus Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild, or Pontet-Canet. The current castle on the quays of Pauillac was built later in 1820.
Since 2004, Grand Puy Ducasse owned by CA Grands Crus, under the direction of Thierry Budin, with the technical support of Anne Le Naour and advice from the oenologist Hubert de Bouard.