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61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Supple and silky, a broad sort of flavour, very much of this part of Pauillac, yet supple and fine-boned, elegant. Slightly falls away on the finish, but this should be great value. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Lacoste-Borie is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, cropped at 50 hectoliters per hectare. It has a clean and precise bouquet, not as complex as some of its peers, yet with thoroughly enjoyable raspberry and blackcurrant leaf tinged with cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly dry tannin on the entry, hints of dark chocolate interlacing the black fruit with a touch of cracked black pepper on the finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2017)
This is a beautifully fresh wine with lovely, juicy black cassis flavours. The day-night temperature changes of up to 20 degrees centigrade made a huge difference to the quality of the tannins, and GPL has some of the steepest slopes and best draining soils in Pauillac to cope with the wet early season (although this also meant some blockage of young vines during the drought). Overall they have produced a plush, easy drinking wine that offers great pleasure. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with a yield of 50hl/ha. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2017)
The Lacoste-Borie 2016 is soft, pliant and inviting. This attractive midweight Pauillac will drink well with minimal cellaring. There is lovely purity and depth to the dark berry, chocolate and spice flavors, even if the wine is a bit slender in construction. Rating: 86-89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)
In a year when Grand-Puy-Lacoste has made one of its greatest ever Grands Vins, it’s no surprise that this, its second wine, is so fine. Showing classic cedar wood, blackcurrant and lead pencil aromas, flavours of berry fruit, orange zest and fresh herbs and plenty of underlying structure. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2017)
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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