2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

DC 96 JA 96 JS 95 JD 95 JL 95 NM 94 TWI 93 WE 93 WS 93 WA 92
DC 96

Decanter, February 2019

Another wine that showed just a nudge better at the Decanter Premium tasting in New York - I'm thinking the double-decanting made the difference; a useful tip if you're looking to drink these wines soon. What I love about...
JA 96

janeanson.com, September 2021

Generous, juicy, a vintage that I am starting to often prefer - at least right now - to the 2010, but it is not quite pipping it for me at Grand Puy Lacoste. You'd be hard-pressed to argue with this wine though, it is...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, March 2019

Dark and delicately spicy this a very complete medium-full bodied 2009 that's not a jot too ripe or too firm. Beautiful balance through the long polished finish. Drink or hold.
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, November 2021

I loved the 2009, and like most 2009s, it has a ripe, sexy, yet still classic style that's evolving gracefully, with ample darker currant and black cherry fruits as well as tobacco leaf, cedar pencil, truffly earth, and...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

Still holding on to its youth, this is clearly a great vintage for Grand Puy Lacoste. Reserved, and showy, although it is a bit more restrained than flamboyant, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, rich, ripe and...
NM 94

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013

94+ Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Grand Puy Lacoste '09 has a slightly more reticent nose against its peers, but no less intriguing with aromas of blackberry, pencil shavings, a touch of undergrowth and...
TWI 93

The Wine Independent, September 2022

Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste prances out with exuberant notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, and licorice, plus wafts of pencil shavings and tobacco leaf. The...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, February 2012

A complex, dusty tannin wine, layering smoky wood and black fruits with a the firmest dry character. Very intense, rich, dense and potentially powerful.
WS 93

Wine Spectator, March 2012

This is a step up with ample black currant confiture and roasted fig notes allied to a racy graphite and iron spine. Very sleek through the finish despite its heft with a long finish filled with cassis bush and tobacco...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2019

Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste opens with a nose of sweaty leather, damp earth, baked cherries and dried mulberries with touches of fried herbs, black olives and cast iron pan. Medium-bodied...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2009
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, one of the oldest properties in the Medoc, has a long history dating back to the 16th century. It was under ownership of a single family for generations, until sold by the Lacoste family in 1920 and finally acquired by the Borie family in 1978.

The name Grand-Puy comes from the ancient term “puy” which means “hillock, small height”. True to its name, the vineyard of Grand-Puy-Lacoste sits on outcrops that rise to around 20 meters above sea level.

Long before the 1855 Classification, Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste’s reputation was recognized for quality. In 1776, Saint Guirons & Lacoste (its name at that time) was ranked fifth in a classification of Pauillac estates by the King's Intendant in Aquitaine, Dupre de Saint-Maur. The estate’s reputation for quality grew and the Bordeaux Classification made the “fifth growth” ranking official, placing it among the “elite” of Bordeaux wines.

Since 1978, Francois-Xavier Borie has guided Grand-Puy-Lacoste's fortunes. Major investments were made and restorations and renovations were undertaken. 58 hectares of the estate’s 90 hectares are planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Today, with the help of his eldest daughter, Emeline, Francois-Xavier Borie has raised Grand-Puy-Lacoste to the level of a "great Pauillac" and ensures that it maintains that status. Among Pauillac wines, Grand-Puy-Lacoste is considered "a great classic”, capable of aligning its consistent character with the spirit of each vintage.

The wines of Grand-Puy-Lacoste have a beautiful, deep color and the aromas are very pure and complex, subtle and refined. Depending on the vintage, one's first impression may be of ripe fruit or flowers, often toasted notes, spice and vanilla. With time it develops a remarkably full, rich character.

In the mouth one is struck by its elegant individuality. The flavors support and amplify its aromatic sensations with a notably large range of fruit, particularly cassis, which develops with age. The wines are well-built, with powerful tannic structure which never loses its silky smoothness.

By nature a wine for long aging, Grand-Puy-Lacoste needs between eight and ten years to reveal its full potential.

The 2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a Bordeaux blend from the Pauillac sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine has a medium to deep garnet color that catches the eye and invites exploration. With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, it strikes a perfect balance between elegance and strength.

Upon opening the bottle, the nose is greeted with a symphony of aromas. Sweaty leather, damp earth, baked cherries, and dried mulberries blend together, creating a complex and intriguing bouquet. Subtle notes of fried herbs, black olives, and cast iron pan add a touch of uniqueness to the aroma profile.

On the palate, this wine showcases its true character. Medium-bodied, firm, and chewy, it delivers a satisfying mouthfeel that lingers on the taste buds. The herbal sparks interwoven with the flavors create a thought-provoking experience. The finish is ferrous, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critics have praised the 2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste for its exceptional qualities. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it an impressive score of 92, describing it as more elegantly styled with provocative herbal sparks. James Suckling was equally impressed, giving it a score of 95, highlighting its dark and delicately spicy nature.

Jeff Loo from JJ Buckley praised the wine's stunning qualities, noting its rich aromas of roasted meats, vanilla, and red and black fruits. Wine Spectator awarded it a score of 93, praising its ample black currant and roasted fig notes.

Decanter gave it a score of 96, stating that it combines Pauillac power, pulse, and finesse with approachability. The wine is still young, but the tannins are full of life, supporting ripe black fruits and hints of pencil lead and smoked oak.

With its complex flavors, firm structure, and long finish, the 2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a wine that will continue to evolve and delight for many years to come. It is an excellent choice for wine enthusiasts who appreciate the craftsmanship and elegance of Bordeaux blends.