chateau grand-puy-lacoste 5eme cru classe, pauillac 2016

chateau grand-puy-lacoste 5eme cru classe, pauillac 2016
WINE SPECTATOR
94
JAMES SUCKLING
97

Critics' Scores

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    94
    Wine Spectator

    A lively style, with lots of briar and tobacco notes out front, backed by punchy plum and black currant paste flavors. Has a shot of sweet tobacco lining the finish, with echoes of savory and hints of iron giving this range and length. Best from 2023 through 2038.

  • JAMES SUCKLING
    97
    James Suckling

    A neoclassical edition of Grand-Puy-Lacoste, this has cedar, graphite, deeply integrated cedar and spicy-oak influence and a very fresh array of ripe blackberries, dark cherries and cassis. The palate is so seamless. It builds beautifully and delivers a long, seamless array of perfectly ripe dark fruit, swathed in fine, firm, ascending layers of tannins. As good as we have seen in recent vintages, this is a star of the vintage. Try from 2024.

  • CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE
    91
    Connoisseurs' Guide

    If not the flashiest or deepest member of the Pauillac contingent, the Grand-Puy-Lacoste is nevertheless a very solid representative of its commune and offers up a fine and concentrated mix of dark fruit and spice underpinned by plentiful, plainly evident Cabernet tannins. Be in no hurry and give it some time – another five or six should be about right – and know that it will continue to grow and evolve favorably as it softens and expands for no fewer than five or six more.

  • WINE ENTHUSIAST
    91
    Wine Enthusiast

    Juicy and jammy, this wine is already smoothly textured. Its black fruits add a fresh touch and give a ripe feeling. Likely to develop quickly the wine will be ready to drink from 2022.

  • VINOUS
    97
    Vinous

    The 2016 Grand Puy-Lacoste has a clean, precise bouquet with nicely detailed blackberry, briar and tobacco aromas, touches of mint emerging with time, all utterly charming. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity, conveying a sense of symmetry throughout and leading into a deft, quite persistent finish. This is very classy, and it should age with style. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting.

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    94
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste gives up pure kirsch and red and black currants with violets and baking spices. Medium-bodied, firm and grainy, it's very expressive with good concentration and length.

  • DECANTER
    96
    Decanter

    This has a punch of mouthfilling dark cassis fruits and lots of complex tobacco, liquorice and truffle. Layer upon layer of flavour is joined by tight tannins, but with air and life in between. It's young and well balanced, easily equal to the power of a Lynch Bages or a Pichon Baron. I loved it en primeur and love it again here. Consultant is Eric Boissenot, technical director is Christel Spinner.

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