2011 chateau grand-puy-lacoste 5eme cru classe, pauillac
Why We're Buying
Few French wine estates consistently outperform their classification as frequently as Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste. It produces a rich blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc that represents Pauillac at its best.
Reflecting the fruity, forward style of the vintage, this wine is packed with ripe black currants. There is a strong Cabernet character—it's dry initially, then followed by juiciness. It's a concentrated wine, although not for long-term aging. Drink from 2017
Shows purity and focus, with a core of bitter plum, cassis and lightly singed vanilla notes leading to a silky, relatively unadorned finish that glides along. Flickers of cedar and iron should emerge with cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 Grand Puy Lacoste exhibits a charming, open-knit bouquet of red and black fruits. It is a savory, medium-bodied, flavorful, well-endowed Pauillac from Xavier Borie that can be enjoyed over the next 10-15+ years.
The licorice, tar and spice character with dried fruits and currants impresses me. Full body with firm tannins and a chewy finish. This is even better now than from barrel. Better in 2019.