|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
Creamy red and black fruit with more than a hint of vanilla, like a patisserie with dark jam. Supple and appetising, it has lovely balance and a touch of grip which keeps it going nicely on the finish. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Swathed in spicy and toasty oak aromas, this has a wealth of superbly expressed red and dark berries, flowers and mint. The palate delivers a very assertive and energetic array of dark berries and spiced plums with a fresh, focused, vibrant finish. Superb wine. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
So suave and well mannered! Nicely balanced with lots of ripe fruit in a suitably bordelais corset but not a standout. Well mannered rather than amazing. A big charge of tannin here. Dry finish. Drink 2026-2040 Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 17+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Nov 2017)
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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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