2018 Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1419769 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Dried currants, stewed blackberries, praline, dried herbs and pencil lead on the nose. Raw cocoa, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, ultra fine tannins. Structured with excellent intensity and focus. Very polished. Try from 2025. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Grand Puy Ducasse is just as impressive as it was en primeur. Readers will find a heady, richly textured Pauillac loaded with character. Technical Director Anne Le Naour and consulting oenologist Hubert de Bouärd coaxed tremendous richness from the 2018 while avoiding some of the excesses of the recent past. The result is a wine that delivers on all levels. Succulent dark cherry, plum, mint, licorice, sweet spice and a touch of new oak build into a striking crescendo on the lush, persistent finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From a 19th-century winery that's a prominent landmark on the Pauillac riverfront, this wine is dense with tannins and vivid with black fruits. The estate's three parcels have given a rich wine, concentrated and dense while also having layers of dark fruits. Drink this promising wine from 2026. (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very alluring, with a dark and winey core of cassis, steeped plum and blackberry preserve waiting to unfold fully while fine-grained alder, black tea, warm cast iron and licorice root notes form a prodigious frame. Long, dark, smoldering finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

91-93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Grand-Puy-Ducasse is deep garnet-purple in color and has quite a lot of cedar/oak on the nose to begin, opening out to a core of warm black and red currants, stewed plums and mulberries with touches of pencil shavings, fried herbs, lavender and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, the palate gives a firm, grainy frame with some chew from the oak and fresh, crunchy red and black fruit, finishing savory. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 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. The tannins get a little bulky through the mid-palate taking away some of the nuance but there is complexity here and ageing potential. Malolactic fermentation was partly carried out in barrel. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Inky purple with black core. Fragrant black fruit. You can smell small, fresh, wild black berries over and above the sweet spice of the oak. On the palate the oak is much more dominant and seems to flatten the fruit. Tannins are layered, compact and dense. A bit flat on the finish but all to play for. 16.5/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2021 | Send Email
Reserved aromatics, and a chiseled, concentrated, streamlined impression of black cassis and serious Pauillac minerality in the mouth. This is a classy Grand-Puy-Ducasse with excellent balance between acidity and tannic structure.

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