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2012 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Grapes Merlot, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé
ABV 14%

Lively, spicy, this really has freshness. Good crunch of Cabernet fruit. Dries a little, but overall impression is of black density combined with very likeable focus, volume and lively buzz, the fruit clinging well on the finish. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2013)

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The 2012 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has an impressive cassis-tinged bouquet with fresh tobacco and graphite infused black fruit that are very well focused and neatly integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a keen thread of acidity, finely proportioned with a vibrant graphite-infused finish. One of the standout Left Bank wines of the vintage. Tasted twice at Bordeaux Index's Ten Year-On tasting and blind at the Southwold Ten-Year On tasting. Drinking range: 2023 - 2040 Rating: 94 Neal Martin, (Sep 2022)

Stands out in the lineup, violet-ringed in colour (where many have softened to a gentle ruby at this point). A kick of cloves and ripped blackberry fruits on the aromatics, studded with violet flowers. Less depth through the mid palate that you find in Grand Puy Lacoste in the biggest years, but there are still muscular tannins and grip, and a sense of pushing forwards towards pleasure. Plenty of Pauillac signature, one to recommend and can begun to be opened from now. Harvest October 3 to 16, 75% new oak for ageing. Rating: 93 Jane Anson, (Mar 2022)

Richly dark purple, touches of reduction on the first nose with flint and gunsmoke, rose bud, rose petals, bilberries and blackberries. A brilliant wine that shows how well Grand Puy Lacoste performs in smaller vintages, and why lovers of this label feel happy to buy it year after year. Chewy tannins showing that it is very much approaching its drinking window but still has plenty of life ahead. This is powerful at nine years old, and will benefit from carafing. Harvest October 3 to 16, 75% new oak. First year with Christel Spinner as technical director and R&D manager. Drinking range: 2021 - 2040 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, (Oct 2021)

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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