2003 Grand-Puy Ducasse, Pauillac

SKU #1135761 93 points James Suckling

 Smells very New World with lots of jammy, very ripe fruit on the nose, like currants and raisins. Full bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a dried fruit finish. Tight and intense, give this three to four years.  (4/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This property is clearly on the upswing as evidenced by this wine. The open-knit, evolved 2003 is undeniably a sleeper of the vintage and a very good value for a top Pauillac. Deep ruby purple in color with an evolved bouquet of smoked herbs, cedar, creme de cassis, and plums, broad, full-bodied, savory flavors, and beautiful complexity, this wine is rich and long in spite of its forwardness. It will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink well for 12-15. A very strong effort. (RP)  (4/2006)

Wine Enthusiast

 One of the best vintages for many years from this rather forgotten property. The wine is developing fast, already well integrated, powerful and dense, but dominated by attractive, ripe fruit.  (5/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Aromas of fresh currant, berry and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied, with fine, well-integrated tannins and a light chocolate, berry and blackberry aftertaste. Subtle and structured.  (6/2006)


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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.