2014 du Château Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac
Lovely nose of damson jam, dark but not sweet. in the mouth this is intense, opuent feel , but there is a crisp edge to the fruit. Perky and not too heavy. Lovely feel, great balance. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The Château Lacoste-Borie 2014 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked September 25-October 9 at 33 hectoliter per hectare. It has a very seductive nose in the making, with ripe blackberries and blueberry scents, interwoven with incense and a touch of graphite–more sophisticated than I was expecting. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is an elegant Lacoste-Borie with fine tannin, my only quibble being that the oak is a little too conspicuous toward the finish. Of course, that may be subsumed during the barrel aging. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2015)
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Attractive freshness and ease on the nose – nothing forced. Sinews and by no means opulent but correct and fresh. Though a little drying on the end. Relatively light but a nice, satisfying finish. Made to be a luncheon claret! Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2015)
Floral freshness the nose has a fragrant charm spring violets. The fruit on the palate is sweet and ripe the tannins fine the richness underpinned by freshness the bramble bilberry mix giving brightness on the finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2033 Rating: 85-88 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Apr 2015)
This is often one of the best value wines in Bordeaux and so it is likely to prove in 2014. It's a classic Pauillac, made in a comparatively forward style. Aromatic and appealing, with notes of liqourice, cassis and subtle, toasty oak, it's a beautifully balanced second wine that often ages well, too. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2015)
Fresh and clean with citrus and berry character. Medium body, firm tannins and a clean finish. Lean and clean. Rating: 87-88 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2015)
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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