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2020 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste En Primeur

Just released, 2020 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is another in a string of great wines from this classic Pauillac estate.  Scored 95-97 points by Neal Martin, he describes it as a "brilliant GPL from the Borie family". 

Their is something very satisfying about clasic wines whcih express their terroir very clearly and for Jane Anson, this GPL has "captured the essence of Pauillac, and it's hard to resist. (95 points"). 

Martin's score puts the 2020 alongside his ratings for the 2009, '10, '16 and '19, leaving little room for doubt that this is among the best releases ever.  At £607 per dozen in bond, this will be one of the great offers of the campaign.

A new innovation from the domaine is a 'multi-case', pictured below.  Containing 1 double magnum, 2 magnums and 4 bottles, this is equivalent to a dozen bottles and priced at £650.  We think this format promises to be both collectible and very practical.  

Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2023

Limited availability.  To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

 

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

Producer Profile

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 2020 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £303 per case of 6 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
2020 / / 75cl
£303 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. Cask sample. Bright crimson hue. Classic in form and constitution. Firm and stately on the nose with graphite and dark-fruit notes. Juicy and fresh on the palate, the tannins smooth and refined but driving behind. Long, linear and persistent. Should age gracefully. Drink 2028 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"The 2020 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a more fleshy, textured Pauillac that still plays in the concentrated, focused, structured style of the vintage. Ripe black cherries, currants, toasty oak, chocolate, and tobacco leaf notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, richly textured 2020 that has velvety tannins, good mid-palate depth, and a great finish. Do your best to hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 20-25 years or so. 92-95 points" Jeb Dunnock, RobertParker.com------"Enjoyable, powerful, concentrated, not the most generous of GPLs but they have captured the essence of Pauillac, and it's hard to resist. Sappy juicy finish, full of cassis, mint leaf and pencil lead along the way with a clear tightness to the tannic frame. A yield of 31hl/ha. 75% new oak for barrel ageing. Drinking Window 2027 - 2046. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"The 2020 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a very refined, almost understated bouquet at first, but it opens in glorious fashion to offer precise blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, crushed stone and wild mint, gaining intensity at its own pace. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins, a keen thread of acidity, layers of intense black fruit and quite a spicy, vibrant and certainly persistent finish. This is a brilliant GPL from the Borie family. 95-97 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
RED 2020 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £606 per case of 12 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
2020 / / 75cl
£606 per case of 12
IB
RED 2020 Château Grand Puy Lacoste - Château Grand Puy Lacoste 'multi-case' 75cl £650 per case of 12 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
2020 / / 75cl
£650 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesMulti-case' containing 1 double magnum, 2 magnums and 4 bottles

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