CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE
2009 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
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80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Very deep colour again, flowing, glass-coating ruby to purple. Nose has an edge to it compared to Haut-Batailley - a rawness, though its never excessive. Cool and fresh, with black cherry and blackberry, coulis de cassis, intense, harmonious, yet excitingly expressive. Fab! Rating: 95 L&S (Apr 2010)
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The 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste is a magnificent wine for the vintage. It is extremely well defined on the nose, almost pixelated with stunning mineralité threaded through the blackberry, black olive and limestone scents. It is more reserved at first compared to other 2009s, but that bouquet begins motoring after 10-20 minutes with graphite notes becoming ever stronger. The palate is full-bodied and under-pinned by a chassis of firm tannins cloaked in sumptuous black fruit infused with black tea and graphite. It almost has the character of a 2010: much less flamboyant than its peers, but just as compelling. Wonderful. Drink 2023-2045 Drinking range: 2023 - 2045 Rating: 95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Oct 2014)
The fragrance of woodland violets and wood smoke is very much to the fore overlaying the black fruits. The fruit on the palate is sweet and ripe enriched by liquorice and dark chocolate lovely and fleshy the richness of the flavours filling out the back palate. 2020-40 Rating: 94 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Performing better from bottle than it did from cask (and comparable to their wines 2005, 2000, 1990 and 1982), this is a great classic from Xavier Borie’s estate situated on the back roads west of the town of Pauillac. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by hints of spring flowers, crushed rocks, black currants, cedar and earth/underbrush. Precise and elegant as well as backward and foreboding, it should put on weight in the bottle and evolve for two decades. Very concentrated as well as velvety-textured, it is a beauty of finesse, balance, purity and nobility. It will benefit from 5-7 more years of bottle age. Drinking range: 2019 - Rating: 95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Feb 2012)
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 while 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 renaissance for the property.
Just a few kilometres 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.
Production is 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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