2006 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

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

A high proportion of Cabernet is immediately evident. Rich with lots of volume. Sweet blackberry and bramble, vigourous and weighty. Really good. Proper wine. Tannins present but not over-extracted and there's a nice middle showing a touch of sweetness in the fruit. Long. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2007)

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The nose is smoky and black fruited with lovely ripe flavours. The palate has richness of fruit lots of black cherry and cassis underpinned by liquorice. There is the feeling of power yet freshness towards the back giving a lighter more elegant finish. 2015-26 Rating: 94 Derek Smedley MW, (Dec 2013)

(Sept 2007) Very attractive overlay of spice and interest. Lively, not excessively tart, and an all-over-palate experience. Well balanced. Definitely a good buy. Dry but not drying finish. 2014-24 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - (Sep 2007)

Good dark red. Perfumed, ineffable aromas of currant, cherry skin, floral oils and incense. Then juicy and penetrating on the palate, with excellent concentration and thrust to the soil-inflected flavors of currant, minerals and iron. Very suave, pure wine with the structure to age. Rating: 91-91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)

A clean young wine, with fine, silky tannins, good focused fruit and a medium-to-long finish. Caressing and refined. Rating: 89-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2007)

While not at the level of this estate's blockbuster 2005, the 2006 exhibits a deep purple color as well as classic aromas of cassis and blueberries, ripe tannin, medium body, a distinctive minerality, and a long finish. It recalls the brilliant 1995 and 1996 made here. From yields of 47 hectoliters per hectare, the final blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (May 2007)

The nose is rather subdued at first with blackberry, graphite and a touch of tar. Very tight. Further swirling reveals a touch of black coffee. The palate has good intensity of fruit, a certain coolness and reserve about it. Wonderful balance and definition, very pure, again a "no frills" Cabernet which is not problem because there is no need for any "extras" on this wine. Elegant slightly peppery finish. Reminds me a little of the 1996, but with a little more purity and expression. Sublime. Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, (Apr 2007)

Dense and rich, more meaty and more grip than its stable mate Haut-Batailley, lots of structure and length with a satiny, polished finish. 2014-30. Rating: **** (Apr 2007)

Picking began relatively early, on 21 September. The terroir is warm and tends to ripen early. Xavier Borie likens it to 2000 and 2001. This is the final assemblage. They chose to include more press wine (11%) rather than to work too much on extraction, retaining the wine's freshness. No darker than Haut-Batailley. Thick and opulent on the nose. Very sweet and engaging, with lots of fine tannins - something reminiscent of port about this! The tannins are not at all green - very mouth-cleaning. This wine rinses the mouth. Really complete. Very gentle extraction. Much rounder tannins than most other similar wines. Totally charming. Not big but great balance and vivacity, Bravo! 2013-20 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - (Apr 2007)

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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