2005 Grand Puy Ducasse, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another 'best ever' performance, the Grand-Puy-Ducasse is made in a charming style for a 2005 Pauillac. This deep ruby-hued, very concentrated, precocious, showy effort displays copious quantities of sweet oak intermixed with black cherries, black currants, velvety tannins, medium body, and loads of fruit. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full bright ruby. Cool aromas of blackberry, kirsch, licorice and fresh herbs; slightly inky. Moderately dense and juicy, with medicinal black cherry and herbal flavors that are a bit dominated by the wine's structure today. Finishes with reasonably ripe tannins and good length, but shows a hint of dryness.
Crushed berries and sweet tobacco, with hints of mineral and cigar box. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and good fruity character. Straightforward and friendly. Best after 2009. (Web-2008)