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2019 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a compelling buy in any vintage, but a must in 2019.  Neal Martin scores it 95-97 points, compared with 93-95 points for the 2018.  The 2019 benefits from the complex aromatics and fruit purity of the vintage, adding elegance to GPL's usual Pauillac power.  At just £540 per dozen bottles in bond compared to the release price of £672 in 2018, this is the definition of value.

Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.

 

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

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Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a Cinquième Cru Classé in Pauillac.  The name Grand-Puy ('puy') comes from the Latin podium, or hill, describing this vineyard’s privileged location overlooking Pauillac. Included in the 1855 classification, Grand-Puy-Lacoste previously belonged to a family who contributed several members to the Bordeaux parliament. They fell in love with the magnificent gravel terroir and were responsible for establishing the wine’s reputation. They were followed by several other families: the Lacostes (who gave the estate its definitive name), the Saint-Guirons, and the Saint-Legiers.

From 1930 to 1978 the château was owned by Raymond Dupin. Shortly before his death, he sold Grand-Puy-Lacoste to the Borie family.  François-Xavier Borie, the present owner, has made major investments and constantly improved the quality of Grand-Puy-Lacoste in order to reflect all the finesse of its great Pauillac terroir.  The 90-hectare estate is planted at a density of 10,000 vine per hectare, to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, with vines averaging 38 years of age.  The wine is aged in 75% new oak barrels.

 

RED 2019 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £270 per case of 6 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
2019 / / 75cl
£270 per case of 6
IB
RED 2019 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £540 per case of 12 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
2019 / / 75cl
£540 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Lovely depth of colour, a big difference between the 1st and 2nd wine in this vintage, this just screams Pauillac with its pencil lead, charcoal and cassis notes. Glass-staining colour, extremely silky, with liquorice and chocolate adding layers without taking away from the purity of expression. Fine tannic hold, tons of character and clear longevity - this is a brilliant wine, easily equal to the 2018 and approaching the 2016. Drinking Window 2027 - 2046. 96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter "The 2019 Grand Puy Lacoste is deep purple in colour. Initially the bouquet is tight and so I left my sample for 15-20 minutes to open. It rewards patience with a beguiling mélange of pure blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and pencil shavings, very focused and mineral-driven. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins. Compared to the robust, tannic GPL's of old, this is much more lithe and approachable, yet it still bears the DNA of this Pauillac estate. It might not possess the flair of other 2019 Left Banks, but that it is not what I seek from this estate. Classy and full of breeding - quintessential Pauillac. 95-97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com

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