This young red shows a serious concentration of fruit for the vintage with firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish.
Deepish crimson with purple rim. Clean-cut blackcurrant fruit on the nose and just a hint of char. Rather soft on the palate, and pretty light on fruit so that the chalky tannins finish slightly dry. (JH)
The 2017 Grand Puy Ducasse, which was picked 13 September to 3 October, has a light violet-scented bouquet that you might mistake for a Margaux. There is moderate intensity here, though it does not manifest the complexity of the top tier Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, although it feels a little hard towards the finish where I would like more fruit to develop and fill in the gaps. Tasted three times with consistent notes.
The 2017 Grand Puy Ducasse is a powerful, dark wine. Black cherry, chocolate, menthol and licorice give the Grand-Puy Ducasse much if its distinctive character. Technical Director Anne Le Naour gave the lots 3-5 days of cold soak followed by 3-4 weeks of time on the skins with minimal pumpovers and punchdowns. Most of the wine (80%) underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. As always, this is a potent style of Pauillac. Hubert de Bouärd consults. Tasted three times.
The 2017 Grand-Puy-Ducasse is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of fresh blueberries and black currants plus touches of underbrush, pencil lead and mocha. The palate is medium-bodied with very firm, chewy tannins and something of a roasted note, finishing just a little bitter. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com