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.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
Robert Parker 88
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Grand Puy Ducasse ’09 has a more generous, riper, slightly more exotic bouquet. The palate seems to show some excessive skin maceration at the expense of definition and clarity, especially towards the finish. This is a respectable ’09, if missing a little “excitement”. Tasted January 2013.