Bordeaux 2016: Grand Puy Lacoste

Bordeaux 2016: Grand Puy Lacoste
A great GPL.

The 2016 Grand Puy Lacoste is a thing of beauty. It is so wonderfully vivid and precise, an exemplary Pauillac with all the best virtues of GPL and perhaps even more detail and class than usual. We were blown away, so too were the critics, awarding a string of huge scores. This is everything we look for in a wine: noble flavours, effortless power, glorious aromatics and a real sense of tension. Behind Lafite, Mouton and Pichon Lalande, this is the top performing chateau in this illustrious commune. A phenomenal effort!

‘The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot that matured in 75% new oak. It has 13.3% alcohol this year. It has an extraordinarily pure bouquet with blackberry, briary, touches of pencil shaving and cedar aromas--quintessential Grand-Puy-Lacoste, basically. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. Gone are the days when this Pauillac was as hard as nails for the first decade. The tannins are nowadays much finer and the acidity lends this tension and plenty of freshness. There is an effortless quality to this Pauillac with wonderful length and such finesse on the finish that you immediately want to go back and re-taste it. Like so many others, this improved with aeration, gaining ever more harmony and precision. What a brilliant wine. It is classic Pauillac to its core. 2024 - 2050. 95-97/100’. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com

‘This is all about the finish with a sweet-tobacco, berry and light milk-chocolate character. Full body, very fine tannins and a juicy finish. Love the intensity and finesse at the end. Lots of energy. Could better the exquisite 2014. 96-97/100’. - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com