2015 Grand-Puy Ducasse is a deep red Pauillac with violet reflections. At first, it reveals a subtle but intense nose, which develops and evolves with aeration in the glass. Sensual notes of black fruits are then revealed, dominated by cassis, blackberry and black cherry, accompanied by fine notes of liquorice and spice as well as light touches of mocha and cedar. The attack and the mid-palate are pleasant and smooth, with powerful and polished tannins, providing this grand Paulliac a beautiful and attractive depth.
Parker : 90-92 / 100 J. Suckling : 92 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker : 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.