2012 Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Pauillac
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 92JS, 90WA, 90V

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This is structured for the vintage with lots of polished tannins and pretty fruit to add. Full-bodied but racy and refined. Very well done for the vintage. Better in 2017.

92 points, James Suckling (Feb 2015)

This is another estate in Pauillac that has dramatically raised its performance level over the last decade. The 2012, from grapes harvested between October 2 and 17, has supple tannins and a nice mouthfeel that builds incrementally, offering up plenty of crème de cassis, plum and blackberry fruit. The wine is soft, round, opulently textured, and an undeniable success for 2012. The purity of fruit is also admirable. Drink this medium to full-bodied Pauillac over the next 20 years. This is significantly better than the barrel samples tasted in March, 2013.

90 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 218 - Apr 2015)

The 2012 Grand Puy Ducasse is bold, racy and supple, all qualities that are best appreciated sooner rather than later. There is plenty to admire in the wine's giving, open-knit personality. Succulent red cherries, plums, mint and sweet spices round out the inviting finish. The 2012 is a bit two-dimensional, but it is nevertheless a solid effort for the year, not to mention quite appealing.

90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jul 2015)