Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Grand Puy Lacoste

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Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste History, Overview

The name Grand Puy Lacoste comes from a combination of its location and the name of one of the original owners of the Pauillac estate. Puy is a French topographical term designating the elevations rising from the mostly flat surrounding landscapes found in numerous Bordeaux 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 century as you will see.

The initial plantings of what became Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste took place in the 1500s 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 1700s.

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. Part of those vines became Grand Puy Ducasse while the remainder of the vineyard was used 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. The chateau was constructed at the time of the 1855 Classification.

In 1932, Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste was purchased by the Dupin family. That means that so far, Grand Puy Lacoste has only been owned by 3 different families since its inception. The new owner Raymond Dupin was a famous character who was well-known because he enjoyed the good and slightly decadent side of life. His dinner parties, hospitality, and wine cellar were quite famous. If you were lucky enough to receive an invitation to dinner, it was one invite you never turned down!

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Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste The Modern Age

Raymond Dupin owned Grand Puy Lacoste until 1978. Before his death, he passed the remainder of his estate to the Borie family, which was headed by Jean Eugene Borie, the father of the current owner, François-Xavier Borie, who began his career at Grand Puy Lacoste with the 1979 vintage.

The Borie family has extensive roots in the Bordeaux region. They moved to Bordeaux in the late 1800s and started out as negociants. Their first vineyard purchase was Chateau Caronne Ste. Gemme, in the Haut Medoc appellation. The Borie family later purchased Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou in St. Julien, as well as Chateau Haut Batailley in Pauillac.

François-Xavier Borie is the current owner and winemaker at the estate, a role he took over in 2003. 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 winemaking facilities and cellars starting in 2004. François-Xavier Borie purchased the numerous, large, gleaming, stainless steel, fermentation tanks that are in use today at the Left Bank chateau. In 2016, Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste went through another renovation and modernization of their vat rooms and barrel cellars.

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 55-hectare vineyard of Grand Puy Lacoste is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc was not always planted at the estate. In fact, for much of their history, only two grape varieties were planted, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The vineyard is basically in one large block on the hill of Pauillac, just off the D1, if you are driving to the estate. The vineyard can be divided into 2 gravel hills. They have vines on both sides of the D1 highway. A large portion of their vines is placed around the chateau, with a smaller portion of vines located just southwest.

They have good neighbors as Chateau Pontet Canet is just to the south and Chateau Lynch Bages is located to the west. They also have a small parcel next to Chateau dArmailhac and Chateau Pedesclaux to the north.

The vineyard of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste remains unchanged since the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The terroir is filled with gravel, large pebbles, and stones in the soil over a bed of limestone.

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 that date all the way back back to 1947.

To produce the wine of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, vinification takes place in 90 temperature, controlled stainless steel vats of various sizes ranging from 12 hectoliters all the way up to 180 hectoliters. Although most of the vats are mid-sized between 70-80 hectoliters corresponding to parcel sizes. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank.

This traditionally styled wine is aged in 70% new, French oak barrels for an average of 16 to 18 months before bottling. There is a second wine, Lacoste Borie, which made its debut with the 1982 vintage.

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The best vintages of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1982, 1970, 1961, 1959 and 1945. I have not tasted truly ancient vintages of Grand Puy Lacoste, but as they have great terroir and a track record for aging, if the bottles are in good shape, and not too expensive, they are worth taking a chance on.

When to Drink Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste needs time in the cellar before it is ready to drink. Young vintages can be decanted for at least 2-4 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste is usually better with at least 12-20 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste should offer its best drinking and reach peak maturity between 12-35 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta and a myriad of hard and soft cheeses.

Grand Puy Lacoste is a classic, age-worthy, 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 China and in other countries in Asia as well.

In part, their initial success in China had to do with the last word for the name of the chateau, Lacoste. The name Lacoste gave a memorable nickname to Grand Puy Lacoste, which was soon called the alligator wine in China, due to the name being the same as the famous sports clothing designer, with the crocodile logo.

The wine of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste has not always been consistent. But clearly, in some vintages, like 1982 and 1990, the wine can be as good as the Super Seconds. However, the estate has really been on a roll starting with the 2000 vintage. 2009, followed by an even better 2010 Grand Puy Lacoste are really great wines. In fact, those 2 years 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.

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 95

Dark garnet in hue, the wine comes alive with its aromatic display of peppery, savory cassis, cigar box, forest floor and herbs. Concentrated, ripe, round and with richness and flesh, the big, juicy gulp of chewy cassis in the endnote is exactly what I was looking for. Wait 8-9 years and enjoy it over the next 2-3 decades after that. 94-96 Pts

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2019 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 96

Dark ruby in color, the nose pops with flowers, creme de cassis, blackberry and cigar box notes. The wine is full-bodied, chewy, rich, concentrated and packed from stem to stern with more of that juicy, sweet cassis and red currants. There is a depth of flavor here with soft tannins and a creamy finish. This will drink well younger than many vintages of Grand Puy Lacoste, yet it will age for 3 more decades with ease. Drink from 2030-2055. 96 Points

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Black currants, flowers, cedar, cigar wrapper and cassis meld together on the nose. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, round, concentrated, lush, deep and packed with sweet, juicy cassis and blackberries, ripe tannins, and a finish marked by the purity in the fruit with the structure of Pauillac. This will age gracefully for at least 3 decades or longer. 95-97 Pts

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2019 Lacoste Borie  (Pauillac) 90

Red currants and flowers are all over the place here. Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, elegant and best of all, it is fully ready to go. You can enjoy this early drinking Pauillac while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. It's also perfect for a nice bistro or café. Drink from 2022-2030. 90 Points

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Pepper, flowers and red fruits open the wine before finding the soft, medium-bodied, fresh, sweet red berries on the palate and in the refined, spicy finish. Enjoy this while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. It will offer pleasure early. 89-91 Pts

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2018 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 94

Showing a beautiful depth in the color, the array of flowers, tobacco leaf, cedar, spice, cigar box and crème de cassis hits the right spot. Full-bodied, dense, tannic, and piquant, this is a perfect amount of crunch and firmness complimenting the juicy Cabernet from start to finish. This is quite classic and firm in style, so be prepared to allow this gem at least 10-12 years or more before opening. The wine is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot and the harvest took place September 21 to October 5. 93-95 Pts

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2018 Lacoste Borie  (Pauillac) 88

With a floral edge to the red berries, the wine is medium-bodied, edgy, juicy and bright with a focus on all the sweet, crisp, ripe cassis. Enjoy this while waiting for its big brother to develop. 87-89 Pts

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2017 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 93

A fresh, lively, vibrant and classically styled wine with bright, crunchy cassis, citrus, tobacco, earth and cranberry notes. The wine is medium/full bodied and seems to be holding much of what it has to offer in reserve. This is one of the few wines this year which will need cellaring before it is ready to drink. Made from blending 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, it reached 13.3% alcohol. The harvest took place September 15 to September 29. 93 Points

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2016 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 96

Dewy and succulent cassis, smoke, tobacco, cedar wood and blackberry aromas pop up with just an easy swirl or two. Refined, polished, elegant with a medium-bodied personality, ending with loads of sweet, dark fruit. This vintage from GPL has the structure to age, coupled with the silky-mouth feel that its loyal tasters enjoy. From a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot, the harvest took place September 21 to October 5. 96 Points

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Another super effort here. The wine is spicy, long, fresh, character driven and concentrated. There is a depth of flavor, ripe tannins and all the tobacco, cedar and ripe red, juice filled fruits you need. The wine is firm, and joyous. 96 Points

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Full-bodied, concentrated and loaded to the gills with its black fruits, cedar chest and tobacco nuances, the wine is powerful, refined and long. There is density that never feels heavy due to all the freshness and sweet fruits. This has the potential to be the best vintage of Grand Puy Lacoste produced yet. 96 Points

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Dewy and succulent cassis, smoke, tobacco, cedar wood and blackberry aromas pop up with just an easy swirl or two. Refined, polished, elegant with a medium-bodied personality, ending with loads of sweet, dark fruit. This vintage from GPL has the structure to age, coupled with the silky-mouth feel that its loyal tasters enjoy. The wine was made from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot. The harvest took place September 28 to October 13. 96 Points

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2016 Lacoste Borie  (Pauillac) 88

Forward in style, there are spicy cassis aromas, soft, round textures and a sweet, fruitiness mid-palate making this an easy drinking, delicious and uncomplicated wine. 88 Points

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2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 94

You can already sense the development of the smoke, truffle, tobacco, pencil lead and cedar in the nose. The wine is soft in texture, full bodied, fresh, lively, and sweet. There is a lot of fruit, and tannin to match, along with the structure and substance to age for decades. With 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc in the blend, this is the first vintage since 2009 in which the estate added Cabernet Franc to the blend. 94 Points

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A strong showing provided all the tobacco, earth, cedar and bright, dark red fruits one could ask for. Full bodied, focused and with a great Pauillac charm, this is a really wine. 94 Points

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In the nose this wine summons iron, cassis, tobacco and cedar. On the palate it is full-bodied and concentrated, offering layers of luscious, ripe, cassis, blackberry, pepper and ripe tannin. Give it time and it will come together. With 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc in the blend, this is the first vintage since 2009 in which the estate added Cabernet Franc to the mix. This wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.68, representing 62% of the harvest. Just in case you have not been following, Grand Puy Lacoste has really been on a roll, producing a sting of great wines and releasing them for prices that are more than fair to wine loving consumers. Here’s a little insiders tip for you… I know more than one director and owner that always adds Grand Puy Lacoste to their cellars. 93 – 95 Pts

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2014 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 95

This is really outstanding in every way. The wine has generosity, with all its ripe, juicy, fruits, spice, tobacco, cassis and blackberry. The tannins are soft and smooth. There is structure and ample raw material to age, and complexity, meshed with character, from start to finish. It is going to be hard to find a better Pauillac for the money than Grand Puy Lacoste this year. 95 Points

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Spill a bottle of cassis in your grandfather’s cigar box and you will replicate the fragrance of this wine. Full-bodied, rich, deep, plush and polished, the wine feels good on your palate and tastes even better with a fresh, fruit-filled finish of blackberry and another big splash of juicy cassis. With 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot in the blend, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and represents 60% of the harvest. 93-95 Pts

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2014 Lacoste Borie  (Pauillac) 85

This wine is forward yet simple, fruity and uncomplicated. Without fault this wine will be ready to drink on release. 84-86 Pts

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2013 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 90

If you like cassis, you came to the right place, as that is the wines dominant character. The medium bodied, wine is fresh, bright and crisp, with a spicy, sharp, red fruit finish. 90 Points

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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

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2012 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 91

Full bodied, with good concentration of cassis, cedar, earth, spice and tobacco notes. The wine has a firm tannic backbone that will allow it to age and improve. 91 Points

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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

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2011 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 90

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

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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

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2010 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 96

This is super. It has everything needed to compete with the big boys, except the price. With layer after layer of ripe, sweet, fresh, pure fruits, great textures, refined tannins and a long finish, when this hits maturity, this is going to be a rockstar. If you're looking for a high quality, Classified Growth from the very expensive 2010 vintage, and you want the best wine for the money, this is the wine to buy. 96 Points

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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

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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

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2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 95

Still holding on to its youth, this is clearly a great vintage for Grand Puy Lacoste. Reserved, and showy, although it is a bit more restrained than flamboyant, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, rich, ripe and fleshy. The red fruits are sweet, bright and generous on the palate and in the finish. Give this another 5 years or so and enjoy it over the next 20 years after that! 95 Points

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Charming, supple, round style of Pauillac that is a treat in your mouth and on your palate. Still a baby, this could develop into a more exciting wine in the years to come. 94 Points

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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

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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

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2008 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 92

The wine is showing some signs of aging, which matches its secondary development as you find forest floor, cigar wrapper, cedar wood and softening of the fruit and tannins. The wine is full bodied, juicy, crisp and fresh. You can start drinking this now, but it will be even better if you wait another 5-7 years for more of the tannins to soften. 92 Points

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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

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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

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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

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2007 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 90

The wine looks a little advanced for its age. On the palate, the medium bodied wine is more about the secondary notes, with its tobacco, olive, cigar box, pipe tobacco and garden herb perfume, than its attack or mid palate. If you have a bottle there is no reasons to wait to pop a cork. 90 Points

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The wine looks a little advanced fro its age. On the palate, the medium bodied wine is more about the secondary notes, with its tobacco, olive, cigar box, pipe tobacco and garden herb perfume, than its attack or mid palate. If you have a bottle there is no reasons to wait to pop a cork. 88 Points

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2006 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 93

Firm, structured wine with a strict, tannic spine that is going to take another decade to soften and come around. I like the concentration and ripe, crunch, red fruits, but this is a very old school, classically styled Pauillac that will please some tasters more than others. 93 Points

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With just a bare minimum of lightening of color around the edges, the wine reminds me of walking into a cigar store, with a fireplace filled with burning wood. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, powerful, young and very tannic. But the fruit is ripe, sweet and fresh! Give this several more years in the cellar, or allow it a few hours of air in the decanter before serving it. 93 Points

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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

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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

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2005 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 95

Clearly the best value in Pauillac today, this is classic in all the right ways. Expressive, yet stoic, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, tannic and filled with tobacco-drenched creme de cassis, red plums, cedar, wet earth, cigar wrapper and forest leaf. Youthful, fresh and still waiting for its prime time window, two hours of decanting or 3-4 years in the cellar will do the trick. 95 Points

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This has really softened and come around over the past few years. The tannins are austere but soft. The cassis and cherry notes are expressive, open and inviting. The palate enjoys a concentrated layer of fruits, cedar, earth and tobacco, finishing with bright, ripe, red fruits. With 2 hours of air, the wine is starting to show quite well. By 2020. this should be on fire! 96 Points

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Forest floor, leaf, cedar chest, spice, cassis, tobacco and blackberry create the nose. On the palate, the tannins are refined. The wine is starting to soften and offer the right amount of tension balancing ripe fruit and freshness to make this a real treat. If you like your wines young, you can drink this now. But I’m waiting at least another 5 years or more to start opening my bottles. 95 Points

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Wow, this just keeps better and better. Offering a boatload of fresh, ripe berries, tobacco, truffle, cedar chest, tobacco, espresso and blackberry notes, the wine really delivers the goods. The finish is long, clean, intense and pure. 2 hours of air and it hit the spot. 96 Points

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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

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2004 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 90

Medium bodied, finesse styled Pauillac with slightly dusty tannins, cassis, blackberry, tobacco and forest floor notes that is definitely ready to drink. Tasted from a magnum, as there are no more bottles of 2004 Grand Puy Lacoste remaining at the chateau, this comes with a fun story. Remind me to tell you about it, the next time we meet. 90 Points

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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

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2003 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 89

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

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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

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2002 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 89

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

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2001 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 90

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

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2000 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 95

The past 2 years of aging seem to have done the trick here. This is strutting its considerable stuff. The wine willingly offers a big, chewy, blast of cassis, cigar wrapper, tobacco and cedar. Full-bodied, concentrated, long and straddling the fence between regal and classic, this is just great and I imagine it still sells for a song for a wine at this level of quality. 95 Points

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A big juicy gulp of ripe, sweet, dark cassis poured over salty rocks with a touch of herbs is found here from start to finish. Slightly rustic, with time, the finish, with all its blackberries and sweet cassis takes on a creamier texture. Perhaps this is not overly complex. But there is a wealth of ripe juicy fruit that tastes and feels great! So dig in if you have a bottle as this is a joy to drink today. 90 minutes in the decanter helped as well. 94 Points

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In just a little over a year, the wine seems to have softened and developed. The tobacco, cedar and cassis profile is there. Balanced between typical Pauillac austerity and refinement, with the bite of red fruits and herbs, if you've been waiting, it's time to start drinking this with pleasure. 93 Points

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Continuing to move in the right direction, 90 minutes of decanting allowed the wine to show its tobacco, cedar, peppery, cassis and earthy side. The wine has volume, classic style and a muscular, tannic build that adds structure to the wine. Tasting this is like biting into a mouthful of cassis. On the stern side, in a good way, this is a bottle of text-book, classic Pauillac. Open now, or in a decade. 93 Points

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At 16 years of age, this is still young, fresh, vibrant and complex. The tobacco, cassis, cedar and cigar box aromatics are right there. And so is the beautiful display of pure cassis. The wine is masculine, yet there is a refined air to its austere, Pauillac roots. Give it an hour or two in the decanter to allow the wine to soften and fill out. And keep in mind that as good as this is today, this wine is only going to get better from here. 94 Points

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At 15, this is really starting to show well with its cigar box, cedar, cassis, earth, tobacco and wet earth charms. Concentrated, full bodied and structured for further aging, you can pull a cork now, if you give it an hour or two of air, else let it rest another 5 years. It's really hard to find a better Pauillac for the money these days. 94 Points

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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

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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

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1999 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 89

Classic in style, the wine is on the bright, crisp, leafy, cassis and tobacco side. There is more freshness than depth, more acidity than fruit and the wine is more complex and enjoyable on the nose, than on the medium bodied palate. This is probably drinking at peak. Very little air is needed here, just pop and pour. 89 Points

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1998 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 90

Classic old school claret, but classic in a good way. There is a softness to the tannins, coupled with freshness, smoke, truffle, cigar box and cassis that ends on a spicy note. This could get even better with another 3-5 years of age. Interestingly, the blend did not include any Cabernet Franc, it was made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. The large percentage of Merlot in the blend seems to have added a lot of softness to the wine. 90 Points

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1996 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 94

Even at 22 years of age, this needs either another 5 years in the cellar, or 2 hours in the decanter before the cassis, cedar chest, burnt wood, cherry and tobacco notes emerge. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, masculine and a bit stern. There is also a muscular, refined quality to 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 Points

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With 2 hours of decanting, the full bodied, concentrated wine starts to show. The nose, with its bend of cherry, cassis, cranberry, cigar wrapper, cedar and green pepper struts its stuff. On the palate, the wine serves up soft tannins and a red berry wine with bite, vigor and sweetness with a judicious amount of Pauillac strictness and fresh, peppery, cassis in the finish. 94 Points

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Loads of Pauillac character here. Textbook cassis, tobacco and earthy notes, firm but polished tannins and a masculine edge. Still young, give it an hour or two of air, or another 5 years to continue to soften and develop. 93 Points

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With 2 hours in the decanter, the nose reminds me of walking into a high end cigar shop shortly after someone spilled a bottle of cassis on the floor. Full bodied, classy tannins and sporting a long, cassis filled finish, this structured, masculine wine remained at this high level for at least another 3 hours. It would have continued to hold, but by then, every drop was consumed. 1996 is a sublime vintage for Pauillac and there is no other wine available with this much quality at such a low price in market. 94 Points

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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

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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

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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

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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

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1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 92

Firm, crisp and bright red fruits with a stoic nature create the backbone of the wine. Very classic in nature, the wine is firm, tannic, full-bodied and crunchy with a tannic bite. With its tobacco, cedar, cigar box, forest floor, herb and red berry perfume, the wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate. Giving this a few hours of air will help, but the nature of 1995 vintage is strong here. 92 Points

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Still showing a youthful color, with cassis, cedar and tobacco opening up the perfume. The wine combines old school, rustic charm with some of the softness found in the modern age, ending on a note of crunchy cassis. Still young, it's fun to drink now, but will be better with time. 93 Points

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Fresh, crisp, with perhaps a bit too much brightness in the fruit, as the cranberries are running over the darker berries. Tannic, earthy and crunchy, give this time and it might flesh out. But at close to 20 years of age, it is probably what it is when it comes to style and personality... 91 Points

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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

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1994 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 89

Firm, crisp, crunchy, bright red fruits, cedar, tobacco leaf, peppery herbs and forest leaf are at the open and core of the wine. Medium-bodied, bright, vibrant red currant and a touch of peppery cranberry on the palate feels vigorous in the finish. This is fully ready to go. 89 Points

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1990 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 95

Powerful, full-bodied, rustic, but in a good way, the austerity in the currants with all the tobacco leaf, cigar box, green leafy, spicy herbs, and bright red, crisp fruits are everything you want in a classic Pauillac. About an hour of air will help the experience. 95 Points

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A beautiful example of a classic Pauillac in its prime time drinking window. The cedar, tobacco leaf, cassis, blackberry, herb and earthy nose is compelling. Full-bodied, concentrated and fully developed, the tannins are soft and fully integrated, leaving you with fresh, roasted, ripe, round, red fruits and cigar wrapper in the long finish. Perfectly balanced between classic and refined, there is no reason to age this any longer. Splash decanted, this is completely ready to go. 96 Points

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If you're looking for that blend of tobacco and cassis, with cedar, lead pencil, a bit of green pepper and crushed rocks, you came to the right place. Firm, full-bodied, concentrated and with a depth of flavor, the smoky cassis on the palate hits the spot. There is a touch of bitter chocolate on top of the cassis in the finish. This is drinking just great today. It was good out of the bottle, so do not over decant. 30 minutes of air is fine. 95 Points

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Tobacco, Cuban cigar, forest floor, cassis and blackberries pop from the glass. Powerful, classic and refined, in a masculine sense. An hour of air added a lot to the wine. Really coming along nicely, this is now a bit better than th 1982. 95 Points

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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1989 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 89

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

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1986 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 89

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

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Brawny, tannic and austere in style, this steely wine lacks charm and elegance. 87 Points

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1985 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 90

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

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1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 96

Consistently showing well, this is a beauty with its tobacco, lead pencil, cedar, smoke, earth, cassis and leather profile. Full bodied, and initially strict, this concentrated wine took about an hour in the decanter to fill out, soften and show its best. 96 Points

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What a beauty. Austere, elegance in a glass with a strong blast of cassis, cigar box, smoke, tobacco and forest floor. The wine has length and depth, with a spicy, fruit filled finish that is singing all of its song today. 95 Points

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Earthy, wet earth, cassis and cigar wrapper on the nose. Full bodied, deep, rich, dense, and packed with ripe dark berries, the tannins are round, the finish is masculine, yet refined and long. This really sticks with you. 95 Points

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One of the best examples of a mature, yet still vibrant Medoc from the legendary 1982 vintage. It's aromatically complex, full bodied, long, concentrated and full of pleasure. Lots of cassis, tobacco and truffle in every sniff and swallow... 95 Points

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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1978 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 84

Past its prime, the wine shows more acidity and secondary characteristics than fruit. Drink up as it's only going to continue fading. That being said, 1978 is the first vintage for the owner of the chateau, so it was a fun historic treat to taste, in that context. 84 Points

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1975 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 88

Better on the nose, with its cedar, herb, leaf, tobacco and bright red berry nose, than on the palate, which has a rustic, slightly green edge. Perhaps a bit too on the old school, classic side, others might like it more, if that's yout thing. 88 Points

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1970 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 90

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, but it is still holding to its. vibrant, cassis character. 90 Points

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1966 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 87

Fully mature, medium bodied and holding on to its classic, rustic, old-school charm, but losing its grasp, you find loads of tobacco, cigar box, cedar, wet earth, olives, smoke and bright, cassis. But this needs to be consumed in the near future before the secondary notes take over the remaining fruit. 87 Points

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1962 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 83

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

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1961 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 89

On the stoic and stern side of the style range. The wine is focused on its cigar, tobacco, cedar side with firm tannins and a tart edge to the red fruits. Some bottles are clearly better than others. It is all about the storage at this age. The bottle looked good... But it is what it is. 89 Points

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Just like smoking a great cigar while sipping on a glass of sweet cassis. Oh, and add some cedar wood to the campfire and wet forest floor aromas as well. Rustic in texture, slightly strict, yet quite charming in nature, we loved drinking it over a few hours on a warm summer night. 92 Points

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1959 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 92

Still hanging in there at 60 years of age, the wine is all about the charm of a sunny vintage. Round, soft and with freshness, the cassis and cherries still offer sweetness, marked by stains of tobacco, forest leaf, wet earth, cedar and spice. Medium bodied, with gentle textures, there is reason to hold off from popping a cork, should you be lucky enough to have a bottle in your cellar. 92 Points

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