2013 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Grand-Puy-Lacoste presents a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry and cedar, nicely composed and demarcated, not complex but harmonious. As usual, there is a preservative element in the aromatics in keeping with the style of this estate. The palate is medium-bodied with appreciable minerality on the entry. I like the nervousness here, the setting and in particular the finesse which is not always apparent in Grand-Puy-Lacoste, at least at this early stage. It might not be a long term proposition, but it is certainly one of the best Pauillac wines of the vintage offered by Xavier and Emeline Borie.
It is a well made, ripe and structured wine. With its juicy blackcurrant fruit, a hint of firm tannins and a balanced character, it brings out the best of the year with fruit and not too much structure. Drink from 2019.