2012 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $49.94 (Online Average. $59.94)
Boasting three of the five first growths and a multitude of prominent classed growths besides, it’s no surprise that Pauillac is expensive. Even in a value year like 2012, prices are high. Those first growths? Lafite and Mouton Rothschild will set you back $400+ a bottle. Who knows when Latour will see the light of day, but it certainly won’t be cheap. Even (relatively) more modest estates, like the two Pichon properties, Lynch-Bages and Pontet-Canet, will push triple digits.
Luckily, there is such a thing as value in Pauillac, and a classed growth at that. Say hello to the 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste!
Grand Puy Lacoste may not have as high a profile, but it’s the real deal. A fifth growth, it regularly outperforms some higher-ranked chateaux and, refreshingly, costs considerably less. Per Jancis Robinson, the estate “is run impeccably by Xavier Borie and can offer some of Pauillac’s best value.” Robert Parker is also a fan, commending it as “a fifth-growth Pauillac that consistently performs at a much higher level.”
The Borie name will be familiar to serious Bordeaux collectors. The family runs a number of top Médoc properties, including the esteemed super second Ducru-Beaucaillou and the consultant here is Médoc specialist Eric Boissenot, whose other clients include Lafite, Latour, Mouton and Palmer, to mention just a few. There is no shortage of savoir-faire here, and Grand-Puy-Lacoste is all the better for it.
Grand Puy Lacoste had a great 2012 vis-à-vis some of its considerably more expensive neighbors, outperforming Lynch-Bages (RP87 points) and Pichon Lalande (RP90 points) and equaling Lafite (RP91 points).
There is value to be had in top quality Pauillac, and Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2012 proves it. At under $50 a bottle, you can get a lot more bang for your buck with this one than you possibly could with most other Pauillacs. It may cost less, but it’s no less long-lived: buy some now and you can happily age this for another decade at the very least! Cheers!