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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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Quite intense and concentrated. As though practising to be a first growth! Lots here. I can’t see anyone who would be remotely disappointed in this. Long and rich on the finish. Very successful. Drinking range: 2016 - 2040 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2017)
I raved about the 2006 Château Grand Puy-Lacoste when I tasted it from barrel ten years ago. It has evolved a really quite beautiful, very classic Pauillac bouquet with vivacious blackberry, raspberry and wild mint aromas that deftly absorb the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perhaps a more forward "GPL" than other vintages, but there is genuine fineness to the tannin and that backward finish has great precision. There is the substance to suggest that it will be a long-term Left Bank and you could probably broach it after another 3-4 years. Tasted January 2016. Drinking range: 2019 - 2038 Rating: 94-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2016)
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, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
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 Drinking range: 2014 - 2027 Rating: 92-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Feb 2009)
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)
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: **** www.decanter.com (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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