|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 MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2017)
It’s time GPL were known as a great wine per se, rather than a great value for money claret (although it’s certainly that, too). This is the latest in a run of balanced, refined, “classic” Pauillacs with serious, scented oak complemented by cassis and tobacco notes, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
The blend here is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This is simply beautiful aromatically, with really pure essence of blackcurrant on gravel on the nose, laced with black cherry and damson, but with the freshness of the cooler vintage. There are darker notes too, slightly sooty, with a lovely bright lift to it. The palate is elegant, refined, with the same beauty of fruit as that seen on the nose. It has all that black cherry and damson character which talks of the ripeness of the vintage, but there is a very tense structure underneath, linear and refined, rather than the fat and creamy substance of the right bank. It has a sucking-on-a-cherry-stone texture, a mix of fruit and pebbles, but such lovely character overall. Very ripe, harmonious, with silky tannins. Top quality in this vintage. This is the one wine that bucks the terroir trend in 2015, being inland from the Gironde, but it has still turned out one of the top wines. Rating: 16.5-17.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Mid crimson. Relatively voluptuous for a 2015 Pauillac on the nose then racy and sucky-stony on the palate. Very Pauillac. Great energy. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
Very good fragrance and florality – the typical slatey, stony Grand-Puy-Lacoste style shows even more precision and grip than usual, with wonderful middle fruit richness. Will make a really classic claret Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 94 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)
The 2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, matured in 75% new oak and was picked between September 18 until October 4 (although the "real" picking commenced from September 21). Now, Grand-Puy-Lacoste is often quite "aloof" at this early juncture, but that is not the case with the 2015. This is more approachable aromatically, beautifully defined, thanks to that expressive Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin and finely tuned acidity (pH 3.68). Beguilingly harmonious in the mouth, it boasts a silky smooth texture with wonderful salinity on the aftertaste that is sustained in the mouth. As usual, Xavier Borie has produced a "classic" Pauillac, but one that is a little more appeasing to those that don't want to cellar for 20-30 years. You could describe the 2015 as being between 2009 and 2010...and that, folks, is not a bad place to be. Drinking range: 2028 - 2060 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
A rich, super-finessed wine, the 2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste brings together the ripeness of the vintage and classic elegance of Pauillac in stunning style. Today, the 2015 is gloriously ripe and intense, with fabulous follow-through and remarkable balance. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, exotic, spice and blood orange hit the flamboyant finish. This is one of the wines of the vintage. Don't miss it. Rating: 92-95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
Pure, sleek and minerally today, with chalk and iron driving the core of red currant and damson plum fruit. The fruit is steadily emerging, and the length is there. Textbook Pauillac. Rating: 91—94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
This is very fine and elegant GPL with black currant and hints of walnuts, chocolate. Full body, sweet and pretty tannins. Persistent. So polished. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)
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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