Grand Puy Lacoste

The Star of Southwold

Each January our Bordeaux Buyer takes a mini-break in the charming Suffolk town of Southwold. The great and the good of the Wine Trade convene to taste over 250 samples, absolutely blind! Now this is an important distinction. When the label is visible, one can be seduced by a lofty 1855 classification or reputation. In these tastings, there’s no hiding, for tasters or the wines…

The standout performer for our representative was the 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste with 17/20. This was second only to the much more prestigious Pichon Lalande (17.5/20). It’s gloriously perfumed, with notes of crème de cassis, flowers and graphite. There is a certain classicism, yet there is plenty of sumptuous Pauillac fruit with just a hint of gloss one associates with top notch modern wine-making . In short, this is a very impressive drop, which can be enjoyed now and has the potential to age for 10+ years. And at £320 per case in bond, it represents fantastic value for money.

‘Always a favorite among consumers, Xavier Borie’s is a fifth-growth Pauillac that consistently performs at a much higher level. The 2012 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has the classic, tell-tale crème de cassis as well as some bluer fruits and floral notes. Medium-bodied, its ripe tannin, beautiful fruit and low acidity give it an up-front appeal. There’s no harm in drinking it now or cellaring it for another 12-15+ years. 91/100’. – Robert Parker,