2013, a challenging vintage
Our first impressions
2013 was a challenging vintage which has allowed us to push the boundaries. This year, despite late ripening, the heat of the month of August gave us the necessary breathing space to wait for the Cabernet Sauvignon to reach maturity. This has led us to change the blending of this year’s Château Grand-Puy Ducasse. Contrary to the usual practice, we have favoured using the batches of Cabernet Sauvignon showing an elegant tanning structure. This harmonious base allows delicate expression of the red fruit aromas brought by the Merlot.
Château Grand-Puy Ducasse one of the best wines
Le guide des vins de France called Château Grand-Puy Ducasse as one of the best wines of 2014
Château Grand-Puy Ducasse has been classified among 1300 best French Châteaux by La Revue du vin de France in its Guide des mielleurs vins de France for 2014 year.
Anne Le Naour, technical director, and her team efforts, for “producing a wine worthy of its rank”, has worked because the guidebook has said Château Grand-Puy Ducasse “is on good way” and has qualified its wine as “round and generous with soft tannins” for 2011 and 2012 vintage.
This great comments make us very happy and we wanted to thank the guide and the Revue des vins de France for this gratefulness.
A promising 2012 vintage
Château Grand-Puy Ducasse primeur wine tasting 2012
Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, 2012 vintage, has gotten the lovely grade of 16.5/20 for primeurs tasting.
Our technical department and wine-growers are constantly working during all the year for giving you the best wine and we are so glad for the acknowledgement brought professional team of Gault & Millau.
We are also very pleased with the given observations “Floral and fruity finesse”.
Ladies got boldness
Our technical director Anne Le Naour is one of the “50 French women that count” in the wine sector. She have allowed initiating the turn that CA Grands Crus Châteaux have taken which is restore the quality of our wines and give them the place they deserve. Progresses are constant and we are increasing our efforts to continually improve our wines to satisfy you the best we can. We thank Echos magazine for this beautiful reward gives to Anne Le Naour who could appreciate her work gratification thanks for this elegant article.
Our first impressions
The 2012 winegrowing season was characterized by rather severe weather conditions that required a great deal of vigilance in the vineyard.
A cold, rainy spring, followed by a particularly dry summer, slowed down the vines' growth cycle, resulting in uneven ripening.
We waited until the first week of October to start the harvests. Despite some rain in October, the vineyard remained in good health throughout the harvest period.
2012 was, however, a complicated, unusual year, a typical winegrower's vintage. The choices made by vineyard owners were more important than ever. 2012 was often kinder to the Merlot than the Cabernet Sauvignon, which explains its high proportion in our final blends compared to recent vintages.
Harvest News at Grand-Puy Ducasse
The beginning of the 2012 growing season was marked by cold and cloudy weather, with below normal temperatures and abundant rain. These conditions retarded vine growth and caused considerable attacks of both dry and powdery mildew. These we managed to control thanks to our sustainable curative practices, associated with the right preventive measures. Nevertheless both flowering and veraison were affected, creating uneven ripening between plots and even within some bunches.
Hot and dry weather in August and September caused hydric stress in some plots, and particularly in those planted with younger vines or on free-draining soils.
We waited until the first week of October to begin harvesting. Despite considerable rainfall in October, our vineyards and vines remained healthy right up to the end of harvest.
In order to counter-balance the variable levels of ripeness, we considerably intensified our selection process both at the picking stage and on the sorting tables at the wineries.
2012 therefore has produced very low yields throughout our estates.
The harvest was completed on October 16th at Château Grand-Puy Ducasse.
For the first time this year, we harvested the grapes in small boxes. Amongst other advantages, this helped us to refine our plot selection process and treat the grapes better, by avoiding them being crushed under their own weight during transport.
This was also the first vintage when we used optical grape sorting at the winery, in order to eliminate the less ripe berries that were a consequence of the uneven fruit set.
Le Grand Tasting de Paris
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, 30th November & 1st December 2012
For the 7th edition of this tasting, CA Grands Crus will showcase a selection of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines.
Come and taste our wines on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December 2012 at the Carrousel du Louvre, stand number 89.
For more information and to obtain a pass, please visit www.grandtasting.com
Our first impressions
Discipline, patience and controlled risk-taking were necessary skills to deal with such a complicated weather pattern. This strategy paid off, allowing us to produce perfectly ripe grapes for each variety. The result is a fruity, powerful and complex vintage, of a similar quality level as the last 2 vintages, and between the strength of 2009 and the freshness of 2010.
For the 10th consecutive year, rainfall was noticeably deficient. Winter was very cold with a fairly normal level of rain. Spring, on the other hand, was remarkably dry and warm, with summery temperatures and exceptionally high sunshine hours. Summer then offered an almost automnal climate: rather cold with little sunshine.
The 2011 vintage is therefore influenced by an inversed climate: a very dry and warm spring followed by a rather humid and cool summer. Patience and controlled risk-taking produced perfectly ripe grapes from every plot.