Prélude À Grand-Puy Ducasse 2011, Pauillac


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Prelude A Grand-Puy Ducasse is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, and it displays a lovely deep garnet colour and delicious fresh fruits on the nose. On the palate, the attack is vivid and exquisite. The wine is finely balanced, showing fresh forest fruits, liquorice, blackcurrant and elegant, well integrated oak notes.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Pauillac
Vintage: 2011
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Approachable Pauillac
Drink With: Spit roast lamb with olives

Prélude à Grand-Puy Ducasse is the second wine of the Pauillac Château Grand-Puy Ducasse. Three large plots in the best parts of Pauillac form the vineyards of this exceptionnal cru. This unusual configuration is a direct inheritance from the estate’s founder, Pierre Ducasse, an eminent lawyer. In the 18th century, he gave a single name to a fine vineyard holding, which was assembled through inheritance and purchases.

Thanks to impeccable harvesting and tailor-made winemaking, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot here produce a wine renowned for its aromatic complexity, glorious structure and ageing capacity, all true to the classic Pauillac style.

The name “Prélude” sets out the ambition of this second wine to provide a true introduction to the Grand Vin. Made from the estate's younger vines, it receives the same degree of care and attention at every stage. It is more supple and forward than its bigger sibling, but it shows all of the same qualities of elegance and harmony.

The 2011 vintage was influenced by a somewhat backwards pattern of weather: a very dry and warm spring was followed by a rather humid and cool summer. Patience and controlled risk-taking produced perfectly ripe grapes from every plot of vineyards.

After hand-picking and the selection of only the best grapes on the vines, they were de-stemmed and carefully sorted once more. Fermentation was carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After blending, the wine was aged for 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels, 10% to 15% of which were new.

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