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Château Grand Puy Ducasse is a frequently overlooked Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé property that after years in the doldrums, now produces fine quality claret at very reasonable prices. The catalyst for change was its acquisition by the négociant firm, Mestrezat. It has extensively replanted in the vineyards, and built a new cuvier and chai.
Grand Puy Ducasse has 45 hectares of well-sited vineyards, one parcel on a gravel plateau near Batailley, and another adjacent to Lafite-Rothschild and Mouton-Rothschild. The wine is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot - it is matured in oak casks (30% new) for 18 months before being bottled.
Grand Puy Ducasse is a mid-weight Pauillac that displays good depth of fruit and is usually drinkable 5 years after the vintage - the best examples can last for 10-15 years.