2005 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Haut Batailley (GPL's stablemate) having been so good, it was hard to believe the extent to which Grand Puy Lacoste moves into another dimension. Lovely expression of fruit, floral, elegant and fat, with a touch middle of pain d'épices, and layer upon layer of juicy, clinging flavour. Rating: 94-94 L&S (Apr 2006)

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This is a stunning showing for Xavier Borie’s estate, one of my highest scoring wines of the entire tasting and vindicating its performance in barrel. It has an incredibly intense nose of black fruits, a touch of pine cones, then dried blood and smoke, but again, brilliant definition with a sense that it is saving itself for later. Astounding definition on the palate, real depth here, ripe blackberry, earthy, a touch of briary, very controlled and refined on the finish. Great length. Majestic. Drink 2020-2040+ Rating: 97-97 Neal Martin, 2009)

Deep red-ruby. Expressive, very ripe aromas of plum, tobacco, minerals, tar and nutty oak. At once large-scaled and vinous, offering a lovely combination of richness and firm acidity. Solid underlying acidity contributes to the impression of power and backbone. Best today on the broad, very long finish, which features fine, thoroughly buffered tannins. A superb year for this property. (May/June 2007) Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(May 2007)

Deep garnet hue. Very intense nose, very lifted, blackberry leaf. Very fine delineation. Cedar and pine. Brilliant focus on the palate, supreme definition and harmony. Very natural, just a lovely cedary Pauillac with supreme length and sophistication. A great wine to rank alongside legends such as the 1961 and 1982. Rating: 23/25 Neal Martin, 2006)

(78% cabernet sauvignon and 22% merlot) Good bright ruby. Vibrant, pure aromas of cassis, violet, minerals and licorice. Big attack: this enters the mouth like a wave. Then fresh, firm and classy in the middle, with a medicinal austerity but also lurking sweetness to the flavors. This spreads out nicely on the back end, finishing with fine-grained tannins and excellent length. I like the acid/tannin balance here. In its combination of precision and refinement, this surpasses the 2003 here. Wait until 2013. (en-primeur) Rating: 90-93 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(May 2006)

Deep colour, big smoky nose, really fine expression of Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon, floral, even a little understated, but great length and balance is there. Drink 2012-35. Rating: ****/18 2006)

Aromas of berries and spices follow through to a full body, fine tannins and a chewy finish. Tight and reserved but shows lovely potential. Layered and refined. Very beautiful. Perhaps better than 2000. Rating: 92-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(May 2006)

Very lively with lots of refreshing acidity on the nose. Very rich and powerful and sweet on the front palate. Winning texture - reminds me a bit of the Giscours in its modern idiom. Should please many people but lacks real savoury depth. Very chewy finish. Quite heavy oaking - lacks real refreshment value. 2014-22 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2006)

Following a period of mixed performances, Grand-Puy-Lacoste's 2005 is their finest effort since 2000 and 1996. It offers a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a beautiful, pure bouquet of creme de cassis, full body, moderately high tannin, and good precision, freshness, weight, and richness. Like many of the classified growths, it is a candidate to shut down after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. Rating: 95-95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2006)

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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