|Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse ist vielen Wein-Liebhabern eher unbekannt, obwohl es schon seit vielen Jahren verlässlich Top-Qualität produziert. Die 40 Hektar Weinberge von Grand Puy Ducasse sind interessant, da sie sich auf drei sehr unterschiedliche Lagen verteilen. Eine ist nahe Grand Puy Lacoste gelegen, zwei weitere bei Château Batailley und Château Pontet Canet. 62 Prozent Cabernet Sauvignon und 38 Prozent Merlot sind in der Cuvée des Grand Puy Ducasse enthalten. Die Barriques sind zur Hälfte neu.
91-93 THE WINEADVOCATE: "The 2018 Grand-Puy-Ducasse is deep garnet-purple in color and has quite a lot of cedar/oak on the nose to begin, opening out to a core of warm black and red currants, stewed plums and mulberries with touches of pencil shavings, fried herbs, lavender and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, the palate gives a firm, grainy frame with some chew from the oak and fresh, crunchy red and black fruit, finishing savory."
92 FALSTAFF: "Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Mit einem Hauch von Minze unterlegt, Nougattouch, feine Edelholzwürze, dunkle Kirschen im Hintergrund. Mittlerer Körper, feines Nougat, integrierte, würzige Tannine, Brombeerkonfit im Abgang, zarte Röstaromen im Nachhall."
92-95 WINESPECTATOR: "Lovely, featuring a beautiful beam of pure cassis, lined with iron, savory and tobacco notes. The long finish really glistens.—J.M."
92-94 WINE ENTHUSIAST: "Showing fine, rich dark berry flavors, this is a structured wine that has concentration. It comes from an estate that seems to have come together well."
92 DECANTER: For the last few years this estate has been hovering of the edge of really delivering the brilliant Pauillac wine it’s surely capable of. The 2018 is impressive with toasted smoky caramel notes and clear gourmet edging to it. The tannins get a little bulky through the mid-palate taking away some of the nuance but there is complexity here and ageing potential. Malolactic fermentation was partly carried out in barrel."
93-94 JAMES SUCKLING: "This is really solid with a dense and deep palate of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. Muscular for this cru. Full-bodied yet energetic and intense."
92-95 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2018 Grand Puy Ducasse is gorgeous. In fact, the 2018 is one of the most polished and refined recent vintages I can remember tasting for a wine that up until recently was much darker and more extracted in style. The purity of the fruit is simply striking, while the explosive energy in the glass is a thing of beauty. It will be fascinating to see where the 2018 goes, but there is little question that this style towards more elegance driven by Technical Director Anne Le Naour and consulting oenologist Hubert de Bouärd is hugely appealing. The 2018 is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot. Tasted two times."
17 VINUM: "Vollmundig, knackig, wuchtig, sehr lang, ganz und gar Pauillac, herrlich fruchtiges
Finale: durch und durch erfreulich."
92-94 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Dark in color the wine is concentrated and loaded with ripe black currants. The palate feel is full, lush and round, leaving you with dark red fruits, soft tannins and loads of red berries, licorice, tobacco, smoke, cedar and cocoa in the finish. This is a wine to lay down for at least 7-8 years to ensure an even better experience. The wine is made from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon with 48% Merlot."