Grand Puy Ducasse is one of the twelve fifth growth estates from the 1855 classification to be found in the commune of Pauillac. It's history goes back to the middle of the 18th century when Arnaud Ducasse bought a small house near the Gironde which is the site of the current Château which is, interestingly, one of the few in Bordeaux not located among its vineyards. It was as Château Artigues Arnaud that it was classified in 1855 before it later switched to its current name. The greaterpart of the 20th century wasn't kind for the Château and it saw a steady decline in fortunes over the years. In 2004 it was acquired by CA Grand Crus who have invested heavily and renovated the both vineyards and winery facilities. Work which is now bearing fruit.
The vineyards extend to 40 hectares and are split into three main plots, one the gravelly soils near Château Batailley and another bordering the first growth estates. Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild. The varieties planted are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in an approximately 60/40 proportion.
Nowadays the quality of the claret being produced here is pretty good and, having been an overlooked estate for many years, the prices they command can be very reasonable.