Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse 2003

89 points

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 13%

Young claret from the hottest vintage on record. As expected it is a dark full bodied wine, but dry. The oak is prominent on the nose, plenty of esthers (to the harsh chemical extreme, ie astringent – but this mellows when the wine has had some air). It’s a bold young wine but drinkable because of the soft tannins and moderate acidity. The 2003 is approachable in spite of its weight.

This would be hard to pick as a Pauillac, the vintage character overwhelms the regional. I find it hard to predict how long this will age, or even an ideal time to drink it (perhaps in 3-4 years when the oak will be more integrated).

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