chateau grand-puy-lacoste 5eme cru classe, pauillac 2019
JAMES SUCKLING
95
DECANTER
96

2019 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.

Critics Scores

JAMES SUCKLING
95

James Suckling

A firm, silky red with intense, chewy tannins, showing structure, beauty and intensity. Full-bodied, tight and chewy. Racy and focused GPL. Shows a more refined structure than the 2018, but serious.

DECANTER
96

Decanter

Lovely depth of colour, a big difference between the 1st and 2nd wine in this vintage, this just screams Pauillac with its pencil lead, charcoal and cassis notes. Glass-staining colour, extremely silky, with liquorice and chocolate adding layers without taking away from the purity of expression. Fine tannic hold, tons of character and clear longevity - this is a brilliant wine, easily equal to the 2018 and approaching the 2016.

VINOUS
97

Vinous

The 2019 Grand Puy Lacoste is deep purple in colour. Initially the bouquet is tight and so I left my sample for 15-20 minutes to open. It rewards patience with a beguiling mélange of pure blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and pencil shavings, very focused and mineral-driven. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins. Compared to the robust, tannic GPL's of old, this is much more lithe and approachable, yet it still bears the DNA of this Pauillac estate. It might not possess the flair of other 2019 Left Banks, but that it is not what I seek from this estate. Classy and full of breeding - quintessential Pauillac. -- Neal Martin