CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE
1998 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
See the note on the Haut Batailley. The winemaking style is the same, but as always, Grand Puy Lacoste is just a lot bigger, a lot more dominated by its blueberry Cabernet flavour which even reminds me of very young Syrah. Palate is crisp with cassis and raspberry, fresh, and very pure. L&S (Mar 2017)
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The 1998 reveals a classic creme de cassis-scented nose along with powerful, tight, firmly-structured flavors. While moderate tannin is present, there is more than enough extract and depth behind the tannin to support the enthusiastic rating. However, this wine needs 3-4 more years of cellaring, and should keep for 16-18 years. This is a top-flight claret. Drinking range: 2004 - 2019 Rating: 90-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2001)
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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