2010 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé
ABV 13.5%

Tasted at GPL after Haut Batailley as usual, and it seemed not as big a jump as it can be, at least partly because Haut Batailley is so good. This is sweeter and riper, but seems if anything less 'serious' - at least until the mid-palate when the tannins build. It is just more charming - arguably even better balanced to hide its bulk. Intense flavour, the fruit staying long, long on the finish which ends with little black cherry-skin notes. At the northern Médoc general tasting it showed a complex fruit and spice, and seemed more compact and solid, so I rated it a little higher. Rating: 94+ L&S (Apr 2011)

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Two bottles of the 2010 Grand Puy-Lacoste were opened, the first showing just a little oxidation. The second has an attractive minty bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit laced with subtle marine/seaweed notes, a touch of graphite developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive tension and wonderful freshness right from the start. There is a sense of coiled up energy here and the finish just leaves you breathless. Tasted blind. Drinking range: 2023 - 2055 Rating: 97 Neal Martin, (Apr 2020)

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a little subdued to begin, opening out to reveal notes of black cherries, stewed plums and blackberry preserves with hints of bouquet garni, tapenade and dried lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm, chewy texture and lively acidity, slightly over-shadowing the delicate, fading fruit, finishing on a stewed tea note. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, (Mar 2020)

Fans of this under-priced (for now) classed growth won’t be disappointed this year, because François-Xavier Borie and his team have done it again, producing one of the best value wines of the vintage. There is even more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual giving the blend extra backbone. Grainy tannins with sweet cassis fruit, well-judged oak and a stylish finish. 20+ years. Rating: 97 Tim Atkin MW, (May 2011)

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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