Wine of the Week 1996 Grand Puy Lacoste


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I am in now Bordeaux to taste 2017. I am more than ready. To get in the mood, not that it takes much to get me going, we enjoyed a beautiful, text book Pauillac before leaving home.

I remember buying this wine about 20 years ago, when it first hit the stores. I think it was a whopping $20, or so. At 22 years of age, this is showing great today! I was quite surprised at how young the wine remains. With a juicy, grilled chop, it really hit the spot.

That being said, if you have a few bottles in your cellar and are thinking of popping a cork, either give it 2 hours of air, or wait another 5 years or so. As you can see from my tasting note below, there is a lot to like here that makes 1996 Grand Puy Lacoste, The Wine of the Week.

With air, and just a little coaxing, you found the cassis, cedar chest, burnt wood, cherry and tobacco notes in the nose. emerge. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, masculine and a bit stern. There is also there is a muscular, refined quality ti the tannins that is hard to miss.

This is a super example, of a textbook Pauillac wine. With luck, I will hold on to my last few bottles for another decade or so. I would not be surprised to see this drinking well at 40 years of age. 94 Pts

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