2000 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Wine Tasting Note

2000 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac) 93

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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grandpuylacoste chateau Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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 an 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 off 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 and pasta.

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 do with last word for the name of the chateau, Lacoste. The name Lacoste gave a memorable nick name 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, some vintages, like 1982 and 1990, the wine can be as good as the Super Seconds. However, the estate has really been a roll starting with the 2005 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.

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