La Croix de Grand-Puy-Ducasse 2013 - Bordeaux , France
This is great……and here’s why!Decanter "....nicely concentrated cassis nose, good depth....good fruit and grip for the future."
Le guide des vins de France "Château Grand-Puy Ducasse as one of the best wines of 2014."
Decanter "Rich black summer fruits of good smoothness and depth. There’s a nice touch of spice and good ripe tannins." (2014 vintage)
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." (2018 vintage)
The Winemaker “...a beautiful, brilliant ruby colour. The nose expresses itself with fresh and delicate fruit. The oak is roasted and vanilla. The round mouth demonstrates a good tannic structure. The finish is delicious and elegant.”
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot
Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse is one of the oldest producers of Bordeaux - classified 5th growth in the famous 1855 classification. Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse is an award winning estate located in the northern part of Pauillac, bordering other famous Pauillac estates, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild and if you travel further to the north, Pontet Canet and Chateau d’Armailhac. Château Grand-Puy Ducasse was classified among 1300 best French Châteaux by La Revue du vin de France in its Guide des mielleurs vins de France in 2014. The estate's technical director, Anne Le Naour was voted by Wine Spectator as one of the “50 French women that count”.
Pauillac is a well known French wine growing region located between Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien on Bordeaux's Médoc peninsula (“Left Bank”), is home to some of the world's most famous and expensive red wines wines, made predominantly from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety, which is well suited to the free-draining gravel soils found in Pauillac's vineyards. The stellar reputation of Pauillac wines is based not only on their quality, but on their success in international fine wine markets. Three of the top five châteaux in the 1855 Médoc Classification (a ranking of Bordeaux's best wine-producing properties) are located here: Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild and Château Latour.
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. Its three trump cards are diversity, quality and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation. The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines, both dry styles (particularly from Pessac-Léognan) and the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
A Bordeaux Blend is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as a compulsory component of any Bordeaux Blend along with Merlot. In fact, the majority of Bordeaux Blend wines are often made exclusively from a blend of these two varieties. The remaining components are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.