GRAND PUY LACOSTE is out at £367 per 6 / £734 per 12 IB. In his glowing note for the 2016 Neal Martin paid tribute to this ‘bastion of quintessential Pauillac‘. He says that, ‘not unlike its stylistic sibling Montrose,’ it is made in a style that he openly admits he ‘adores‘. He singled out oenologist, Christel Spinner, for special praise. She, he argues, has ‘made the wine more approachable without compromising its intrinsic style.’ We couldn’t agree more. The 2016 is more open and approachable than many we have tasted here en primeur – it is still rich, dense and spicy but there is now such good juice and flow. It is, quite simply, gorgeous. The price has crept up above our estimate but given Neal Martin’s score (95-97/100) that’s unsurprising.
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