Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse 2009

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CGPD200912 UCAU
The 2009 Grand-Puy Ducasse shows a small reduction at first, a slightly metallic note that fortunately ebbs away to reveal pleasant baked cherries, tobacco and light graphite aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that feels a little drier than its peers. Slightly rustic in style with a conservative finish. Expected more. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2020 - 2030 89 Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019
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  • this is juicy with well-extracted black fruits and lots of Médoc typicity
  • Vintage quality: Legendary
  • Sourced from Pauillac
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    $252.00
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
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Critic Scores & reviews

  • Robert Parker

    92
    "Aromas of blackberries, unsmoked cigar tobacco and cedar/sagebrush jump from the glass of this dense purple-hued Pauillac. Full-bodied with more depth and richness than usual as well as moderate tannins, this potential sleeper of the vintage offers 15-20 years of aging potential. Moreover, it is modestly priced. Purchasers should give it 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy it over the following two decades. Drink: 2016 - 2036"

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.

In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.

Pauillac

The most Opulent Appellation within Bordeaux, Rich and Powerful Wines. Wine writer Hugh Johnson once said 'If one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument. It would be Pauillac'. Wines from Pauillac are known to be the quintessence of Bordeaux wines. Located on the left bank of Gironde, situated between Saint-Julien and Saint-Estephe, the village of Pauillac is the largest in the Médoc with a population of over 5,000. Spanning an area of 1,200 hectares, the grapes grown in the vineyards of this area are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also includes blends of other grape types such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The terroir of Pauillac differs more than that would be expected of such a relatively small area when compared to the other surrounding wine regions. Because of this, the winemakers of Pauillac have become very experienced in accentuating each of their own unique flavours in a bottle. The overall feel of the region is known to have a stark, blunt style with a dominating fruit flavour of black currant, along with hints of cedar-wood aromas.

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About the brand Chateau Branaire-Ducru

Located on the Saint-Julien-Beychevelle plateau, Château Branaire-Ducru comprises of fifty hectares of exceptional terroir. Unique in their mineral makeup, the soils of the estate make up the cornerstone of their wines’ exceptional quality. Classified as one of Medoc’s Grand Crus since 1855, the Chateau’s prestige is based upon their unwavering quality of fruit, steadfast attention to detail in the vineyard and winery and the outstanding wines they’ve produced for decades. The majority of plantings are devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon, with this varietal making up 70% of the estate, followed by Merlot (22%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (4%). The vines average 35 years of age and are all harvested by hand. Château Branaire produces two wines, the Grand Vin and a second wine. The grand vin Château Branaire (often referred to as Château Branaire Ducru) averages about 15,000 cases per year. Branaire uses a novel (for the area) gravity-flow style winery to minimize damage to the grapes as they are processed. The wines go through primary fermentation for about three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats. About 1/3 of the production undergoes malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels. Once fermentation is complete the wines are transferred into oak barrels (50% new oak) for 18–24 months of aging. The estate also produces about 7,000 cases of the second wine, Duluc de Branaire-Ducru.

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