CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE
1996 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
At last shedding its tannins and revealing fabulously rich fruit and great elegance. A wonderful Pauillac. L&S (Dec 2009)
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The 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, now at 20 years old, has a very typical bouquet for this estate: correct, linear, well defined, conservative but intense, with pencil shavings, cedar and a subtle balsam aroma. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm structure and well-judged acidity that lends this 1996 impressive focus. It is totally and unashamedly classic in style, austere compared to other Pauillacs from this vintage, the kind of gentleman's claret that should grace a dinner table. I have actually encountered slightly better bottles than this one, tasted at the property. It remains a very fine Pauillac that should drink well for 20-odd years ... just expect a little austerity and aloofness. Tasted July 2016. Drinking range: 2016 - 2036 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Oct 2016)
The nose is packed with rich blackcurrant, black cherry and sloe. The palate has a powerful mix of flavours, deep and profound, the fruit backed by coffee beans and liquorice. The tannins are still quite firm slightly holding back the fruit but with a little more time they will integrate and mellow. 2012-35 Rating: 93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
This bottle is much more unevolved and closed than others that I have tried. It has very good intensity on the nose with blackberry, iodine, cassis and a touch of violets that must have been picked down in Margaux. The palate has a real sappy texture matched with good acidity, but it is very backward and sultry towards the fiish. Bold, dense and introspective, leave this for another 4- years. Rating: 93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Nov 2011)
This is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs. The wine is displaying plenty of tannin, huge body, and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals and subtle oak. Massive, extremely structured, and with 25-30 or more years of longevity, this immensely-styled Grand-Puy-Lacoste will require 7-8 years of patience, perhaps longer. A superb, classic Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030. Rating: 93-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Mar 2005)
Château Grand Puy Lacoste
Pauillac Cinquième cru 1855 If there's an estate that can rival Lynch Bages for the crown of most over-performing 5th Growth, it would be Grand-Puy-Lacoste. The "Grand Puy" is the low gravelly hill on which the vineyards sit. In 1750 a portion were sold to Pierre Ducasse and became, obviously, Château Grand Puy Ducasse whilst the rest, after a couple of name changes owing to inheritance by daughters, became Château Grand Puy Lacoste. The Borie family bought into Grand Puy Lacoste in 1978 and began quite a rennaissance for the property. Situated a few kilometers from the town of Pauillac, the vineyards of Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste total roughly 36 hectares (90 acres) with Cabernet Sauvignon making up 75% of the total plantings and the rest belonging to Merlot (20%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). Typical of the region, the vineyard consists of a deep gravel top soil on a limestone base. They are producing about 12,000 cases of wine in an average year. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and then the wines are placed into oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months of aging.
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