2017 lacoste-borie, chateau grand-puy-lacoste, pauillac
Why We're Buying
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Lacoste-Borie is the estate's second label. The Bordeaux red blend leans heavily into cabernet sauvignon for a silky texture and scintillating aromas. The one difference between this and the first label: the price tag. Despite earning consistent critical praise, Lacoste-Borie costs a third of the estate's grand vin.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Lacoste-Borie gives up notes of warm cassis, Morello cherries and wild blueberries with hints of pencil shavings and bay leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate has a lively line and well-played, soft tannins with an herbal lift on the finish.
The 2017 Lacoste Borie was picked from 15 to 29 September, cropped at 49hl/ha. It has a clean, fresh and slightly earthy bouquet, what you might call “classic” in style, perhaps not quite as precise as the 2016 but then again, few 2017s are. The palate is medium-bodied with firm and strict tannin, a little raw at the moment with a small attenuation on the slightly rough-hewn finish. Not bad although I would like to see more finesse by the time of bottling. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
This is bright, with extremely well-placed, juicy blue fruits with coffee touches, and a gorgeous sense of energy. It`s a definite buy in this vintage, and should be great value. Technical director Christel Spinner has done a great job of delivering a focussed, finessed wine. I wouldn`t wait too long to enjoy this, as it already has lots to enjoy. Harvested 15-29 September, yielding a fairly normal 49hl/ha, so we can safely say no frost here.