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Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, Bordeaux, Fifth Growth, wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

The name Grand Puy Lacoste comes from a combination of its location and one of the original owners of this Pauillac estate. The vineyards of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste situated on the hill of Pauillac. Knoll, hillock, mound, puy are all topographical terms designating the elevations rising from mostly flat landscapes that are found in numerous Bordeaux wine vineyards. These small hills are vital for natural drainage. The highest point, or puy, at Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste is close to 65 feet in elevation. This area is north of the D1, the main road linking Pauillac to St. Laurent. The actual chateau is located close to the middle of their vineyards.

The second part of the Medoc estates name, Lacoste, is the name of the family who owned the property from the start of the eighteenth century until the conclusion of the nineteenth as you will see.

The initial plantings of what we know of as Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste took place in the 1500′s when the property was owned by the Guiraud family. However, credit for forming much of what we know of as Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste belongs to the Dejean family. They were quite active in Bordeaux during the 1700’s. In fact, they possessed what later became Chateau Lynch Bages as well. In 1750, the Dejean family sold a portion of their Bordeaux vineyards to Pierre Ducasse. Those vines became Grand Puy Ducasse and the remainder went on to create Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste. However, before the estate took on the name we know today, due to the line of succession on the female side of the Dejean family, for a time. The wines were sold under the name of Grand Puy Saint Guiron. That changed when one of the daughters married into the Lacoste family. This marriage not only led to the official name of the estate, they were also responsible for building the beautiful chateau that remains in use today at Grand Puy Lacoste.

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The family was forced to sell Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste due to the devastation Bordeaux suffered when it was struck by phylloxera. In 1932, Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste was purchased by the Dupin family. Raymond Dupin was a famous character who was well-known because he enjoyed the good and slightly decadent side of life. Dupin owned Grand Puy Lacoste until 1978. Before his death, he passed the remainder of his estate to the Borie family.  François-Xavier Borie is the current owner and winemaker. His daughter Emeline Borie continues taking a more active role in helping her family manage Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste.

Under the watchful eye of François-Xavier Borie, the estate was completely renovated, in the vineyards and in the wine making facilities and cellars starting in 2004. Borie purchased the numerous, large, gleaming, stainless steel fermentation tanks which are in use today at the Left Bank chateau.

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The Bordeaux vineyard of Grand Puy Lacoste is 55 hecatres in one large block. The vineyard of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste remains unchanged since the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The terroir is filled with large pebbles and stones in the soil. The vineyard is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The vines are planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. On average the vines are 38 years of age. But the estate has old vines as well dating all the way back back to 1947.

To produce the wine of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, vinification takes place in 43 temperature, controlled stainless steel vats of various sizes ranging from 12 hectoliters all the way up to 180 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. This traditionally styled Bordeaux wine is aged in 70% new, French oak barrels for an average of 16 to 18 months. There is a second wine, Lacoste Borie.

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Grand Puy Lacoste is a classic style of Pauillac. It’s a full bodied, tannic, concentrated Bordeaux wine that ages well. This Bordeaux wine offers cassis, cedar, tobacco and truffle scents and a juicy mouth full of flavor. Interestingly, the wine became one of the first popular, non First Growth Bordeaux brands to sell in Asia. In part, this has to do with part of the name of the chateau, Lacoste. It is called the alligator wine, due to the name being the same as the famous sportsware designer with the crocodile logo. The wine of Grand Puy Lacoste has not been consistent. In some vintages, like 1982 and 1990, the wine can be as good as the Super Seconds. 2009, followed by an even better 2010 Grand Puy Lacoste. These could be the two best vintages ever produced at Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste!

If you ever get the chance to visit this beautiful property do not miss the stunning gardens, a lake with swans and greenery behind the house. And be sure to ask about the 2 full sized, plastic cows near the lake.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Earth, cedar and hints of oak and blackberry emerge on the nose. On the palate, this approachable wine showcases its bright cassis character, medium body and a fresh, spicy finish. 88-90 Pts From a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with yields of 31 hectoliters per hectare, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents 65% of the crop. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Blending 76% Cabernet Sauvignon with 24% Merlot, the wine will be aged in 75% new French oak barrels. With coaxing, cassis, cedar and earthy aromas could be discerned. On the medium-bodied palate, black cherry, spice and cassis sensations end with a hint of fennel in the finesse finish. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Cocoa, black cherry, earth and tobacco scents pair with this medium bodied, lighter, fresh, forward style of Pauillac. Give it a few years to improve.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Using 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22 % Merlot in the blend, the wine will be aged in 75% new oak. Yields were 40 hectoliters per hectare. The focus this year was on sorting for the 2011 vintage. Pickers were given sheets with nine different photographs of unripe berries that they were to avoid placing in the basket. Grand Puy Lacoste used two tables to sort in the cellars. The wine reached 13.3% alcohol. Earth, cedar, cassis, forest floor scents, medium body, soft tannins and a crispy, fresh, cranberry and cassis finish are found in this wine. Drink this while waiting for the 2009 and 2010 Grand Puy Lacoste to develop. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Deep in color, the wine is packed with earth, black cherry, truffle, cedar chest, licorice, leaf and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is rich, deep, full bodied and concentrated with ripe cassis, round tannins, fleshy fruits with ample freshness. This is a vintage to lay down for aging. With the 1990 vintage still tasting young, and the 1982 which will also improve at 30 years of age, the 2010 should enjoy a long life. This is one of the top values for a classified growth today.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Grand Puy Lacoste 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot were blended to produce a deep colored wine that expresses toasty oak, cassis, coffee, jammy dark berries, tobacco and olive tapenade aromas that pair well with the full-bodied, bite of concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon, spice and cassis. Along with the stellar 2005, this is the best vintage of this wine since the outstanding 2000. 94-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. This seductive vintage of Grand Puy Lacoste was produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Cedar wood, gravel, cassis and cigar box scents led to a plush, soft, sophisticated Pauillac. Lacking the levels of concentration found in the 2010, the wine is made in a beautiful, inviting style that should drink great after 5-7 years of age.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste is ruby colored, with an open nose of jammy dark berries, cassis, herbs, and coffee. The wine ends with cassis and black cherry flavors. Although a nice style of Grand Puy Lacoste, the wine lacks the depth and concentration found in the top vintages like 82, 90, 96, 00 & 05. Because Grand Puy Lacoste is difficult to pronounce in Chinese, the wine is known as the “Crocodile Wine” in Asia because of the association with the Lacoste name and the bottle and the logo used by the sportswear company. 92/94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Coffee, earth, blackberry and tobacco notes open to a wine that still wants a few more years in the cellar to shed its tannins. The wine ends a peppery, cassis filled finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Tobacco, earth and cassis scents lead to a medium bodied/full bodied Pauillac that ends with a dark cherry and olive tapenade finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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    3. 08 Château Grand Puy Lacoste. This château, which takes its name from the high sloping, gravelly terroir, produced a lighter than usual style of wine in 2008. Similar to the 2001, with a blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, and 3% cabernet franc, this cassis, cedar, and spice perfumed wine is a bit restrained. It finishes with fresh blackberry flavors. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. With some maturity creeping into the color, the wine opens with cigar box, earth and cassis scents. The wine is starting to mature, soften and display softer textures with a crisp, cherry tinged finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Tobacco, earth, mushroom, cedar, blackberry and cassis aromatics are found with only a little coaxing. This full bodied, tannic, Pauillac delivers a cassis, blackberry and spice filled finish. This needs several more years to fully integrate.

      93 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. This is deep ruby with purple accents. Dark berries, oak and cassis strut their stuff in the nose. This concentrated, deep, full bodied wine is in the process of closing down. In the mouth, a blast of licorice tinged, blackberries with polished tannins is found in the long finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  9. 2004 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Dominated in the nose with black fruit and oak. Lighter and easier to approach than their 05, the wine will show well young.

      90 points - Tasted
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  10. 2003 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Light in style, character and density, this is more than fully mature. Tasters should drink up before its remaining cassis, earth and tobacco essence fades away.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. Light in color, medium bodied,with a sweet and tart finish. There is a hint of dryness and green notes in the crisp finish.

      87 points - Tasted
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  11. 2002 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Medium bodied and classic in style, the offers ample levels of cassis, earth, tobacco and forest floor notes. There is a touch of green olive and herbs in the bright, cassis and cranberry finish. Fans of traditional Bordeaux from less ripe, classic vintages will like this a lot more than I did.

      89 points - Tasted
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  12. 2001 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. From an assemblage of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the perfume offers cedar, tobacco. black and red plums and forest floor notes. Medium/full bodied, classic, round, Pauillac textures and a spice filled, red and black finish are the hallmarks of this wine. This is a forward style of Grand Puy Lacoste and while there is no hurry to consume it, there is no reason to wait.

      90 points - Tasted
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  13. 2000 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. This keeps getting better each time I taste it. Powerful, masculine, concentrated and tannic, this has all the right stuff to age. It's cassis, tobacco, cedar and earthy profile scream Pauillac. Give it a few hours in the decanter, if you can hold off, another 3-5 years will add even more complexity. This sold for close to $25 as a future!

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Meaty, beefy, big, but not as bouncy as a Who album. Tannic, powerful and tight, this masculine, Bordeaux wine is filled with truffle, tobacco, creme de cassis and gravel. Give it another 7-10 years and it should soften and come together nicely. It's not going to be in the same league as the 1982, 1990, 2005 or 2010, but it should develop into a strong, traditional Pauillac wine.

      93 points - Tasted
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  14. 1996 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Textbook Pauillac here. If you're seeking a wine packed with cigar box, cedar wood, tobacco, forest floor and cassis, this is the real deal. Decanted 3 hours before serving, and tasted over the next 3 hours, every sniff and sip was a treat. Great texture, freshness and ripe fruits from start to finish with a hint of cigar and dark chocolate along with cassis in the finsh. Drink now, or wait another decade for even more complexity.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. If you are looking for a wine to discover the perfume of cassis, one sniff of this beauty will teach you everything you need to know about cassis. Toss in smoke, tobacco, cigar box and cedar and know you know what text book Pauillac is all about. Powerful, full bodied, concentrated and deep, what this lacks in elegance, it more than makes up it in style and substance. Still young, this is starting to show a lot of its essence and character. Decanted for 2-3 hours, this was a treat.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. From a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, this still tannic and youthful Pauillac delivered scents of tobacco, cassis,gravel, smoke, spice and forest floor. Concentrated, powerful and still tannic, this large scaled, broad shouldered, Bordeaux wine needs at least another 5-7 years before it softens and comes together.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. Dark ruby, this looks like a 5 year old wine. Cedar, cassis, earth, lead pencil and blackberry notes make up the perfume. This young Bordeaux is packed with thick layers of juicy, ripe Cabernet fruit that fills your mouth. Full bodied and intense, this beefy wine finishes with a blast of chewy, dark fruits. While not elegant in style, this classic Pauillac is still young and will additional complexities for decades.

      94 points - Tasted
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  15. 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Almost opaque in color with a perfume reminiscent of cassis, tobacco, cedar and spice. Tannic, concentrated and young. There is a hard spine to this Bordeaux that will hopefully fade with time.

      93 points - Tasted
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  16. 1990 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Tobacco, cigar box, earth, cassis, blackberry and forest floor scents are all over the place. Concentrated, powerful, and stuffed with ripe, chewy cassis, this classic, Pauillac wine is still young and will continue getting better for the next few decades. The $20 price on release continues paying dividends.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Truffles, tobacco, blackberry, cassis, earth, molasses and forest floor scents make up the complex perfume. Ful bodied and intense, this young wine is stuffed with ripe cassis, smoke and fresh black cherry. In select vintages, Grand Puy Lacoste produces stunning Bordeaux wine. 1990 is well worth seeking out.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. 90 Grand Puy Lacoste expresses truffle, cassis, tobacco, cedar, leather and forest floor scents. Still young, this powerful, concentrated, masculine wine offers a big, beefy, juicy mouthful of ripe cabernet fruit. Some tannin remains that needs to be resolved. The wine finishes with cassis and a of hint green pepper which detracted from the otherwise sublime experience. I've had other bottles that did not display green notes that earned a higher score. Still, this is an outstanding example of a traditionally made Pauillac. 94 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. Truffles, soy, smoke, tobacco, dark plums and jammy berries with forest scents pop up the moment the cork leaves the bottle, gaining in intensity as the wine slams into the glass. Rich, full bodied and intense, with long powerful, spice and ripe berry, with hints of jammy plums finish. This will age for at least 2 more decades.

      96 points - Tasted
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    5. I don't care how cheap it used to be. Those days are gone and even at today's prices, for a wine of this quality, it's worth the bucks. To me, when you get down to it, that is the best descriptor you can read. Would you buy more? I would. The rich, ripe, beautiful cassis laden wine is incredibly concentrated. Big, and broad shouldered, this is very well balanced and while not yet fully mature, can be enjoyed today. If you have only a few bottles, you can wait. It's not going anywhere. In fact, I expect it will drink well for at least another 25-30 years if well stored.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. Cassis, wood and spice components add to the massive, classy, full bodied wine. But, don’t be fooled by it size, it maintains perfect balance.

      94 points - Tasted
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  17. 1989 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Cedar, earth and cassis make up the perfume. This wine is slightly austere in personality and will offer more appeal to tasters seeking old-school Bordeaux. This finishes with notes of red and black fruits.

      89 points - Tasted
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  18. 1986 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Rustic, beefy, tannic, but not completely without some charm, this old style, still youthful, tobacco, cedar, earth and cassis laden Pauillac is best enjoyed by tasters dismayed by the direction Bordeaux has taken today.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. Brawny, tannic and austere in style, this steely wine lacks charm and elegance.

      87 points - Tasted
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  19. 1985 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. It was nice tasting the wine after so many years. The tobacco, cedar, cassis, cigar box and earthy notes were exactly what the docot ordered. Medium bodied and light on its feet, this is probably fully mature and should be consumed over the next 2-5 years.

      90 points - Tasted
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  20. 1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Still young, there is good freshness to the crisp, ripe, lively, cassis and blackberry fruit. Lots of tobacco and cedar, along with tannins that can age further, this is a concentrated Bordeaux classic with a lot to offer.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. I challenge you to find a better wine for the money from the legendary 1982 vintage than Grand Puy Lacoste. This beauty pops with explosive notes of cigar ash, tobacco, smoke, gravel, cassis, blackberry and wet forest floor scents. Rich, full bodied, deep and concentrated, the wine combines power with a regal palate feel, ending in a long, sweet, fresh, blackberry, earth and sweet cherry finish. This was one of the first bottles of wine I purchased when I started collecting. Seeing the then expensive, original $40 price tag put a smile on my face. Those were the days.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. With a smoke filled nose, complicated by aromas of tobacco, cassis, gravel, spice and forest floor, this full bodied, concentrated, powerful wine is packed with layers of ripe, juicy cassis, spice and blackberry. This delicious Pauillac is close to its optimum drinking window.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. Served blind, this wine blew everyone at the table away! From a bottle with perfect provenance, Truffle, chocoalte, cassis, cigar box, earth, smoke and spice box aromas popped from the glass with little effort. Fat, rich, polished, potent and refined, this could have been a top Second Growth or even better. At close to 30, this sublime Pauillac is still young. The opulent, polished, suave finish lasts for over fourty seconds. 1982 Grand Puy Lacoste remains the best value from the legendary 1982 Bordeaux vintage. Thanks to perfect provenance, this is the best bottle of 1982 Grand Puy Lacoste I have ever tasted.

      97 points - Tasted
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    5. Deep ruby in color, with cassis, tobacco, truffle, chocolate mint, spice, cedar and earth make up the perfume. Full bodied, concentrated and mouth filling. Your palate is drenched in rich cassis flavors in this traditionally styled Bordeaux. The finish is filled with chocolate covered cherries and cassis along with a minor hint of green and slight bitter cherry in the long finish. But those minor faults do not detract from the immense pleasure this wine offers. Based on this perfectly stored bottle, it might even improve, but it's showing so great today, why wait? The wine improved in the glass for 90 minutes. I hope 90, 00 & 05 turn out this good.

      96 points - Tasted
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    6. Cassis and lead pencil on the nose with a touch of earth and tobacco. Powerful, chewy, concentrated and a lot of fun to taste.

      93 points - Tasted
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    7. Light ruby with brick edges. Smoky cassis, black & red fruits, forest and lead pencil aromas. Very fat, dense, full bodied texture. Gobs of fruit fill your palate starting with red notes and ending in darker fruit flavors with a finish that lasts almost :40

      95 points - Tasted
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    8. Black fruit, mushrooom, cigar and cedar notes were clearly evident. Full bodied and filled with multiple layers of wonderful ripe fruit. The long cassis filled finsh fills your mouth. Still young, this will only get better.

      94 points - Tasted
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    9. The wine offers a ruby tint with a slight browning at the edge. The nose offers scents of green forests, coffee, cassis, mint, eucalyptus, cedar, blackberries and plums. The palate has a weighty feeling and a chewy texture with some tannins remaining to resolve. The mouth flavors consist of ripe cherries, plums, spices and black fruits. The finish lasts over half a minute.

      92 points - Tasted
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    10. The deep red color showed lightening around the rim. Notes of currants, black fruits, spices and wood. Good mid-palate with classic Paulliac finish. Stylish but a bit rustic. There is no hurry to drink this wine, it should last another 10-20 years depending on the storage. This is one of the better buys from the 82 vintage.

      93 points - Tasted
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  21. 1970 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. This fully mature Pauillac offers tobacco, smoke, cigar ash, cassis, spice and wet, forest aromas. Some rusticity is sensed in the tannins in the finish. This requires drinking as it has moved past its prime.

      89 points - Tasted
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  22. 1962 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. The wine delivered a rustic, cassis, tobacco and earthy profile. However, this is clearly slowly, fading and requires drinking in the immediate future.

      83 points - Tasted
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