2011 Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML

  • JS 93
  • NM 92
  • WS 91
  • WA 91

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JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2014
The licorice, tar and spice character with dried fruits and currants impresses me. Full body with firm tannins and a chewy finish. This is even better now than from barrel. Better in 2019.
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The 2011 Grand Puy Lacoste is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. It has a slight subdued nose that demands some coaxing and eventually perhaps reluctantly offers aromas of blackberry wild hedgerow sous-bois... The 2011 Grand Puy Lacoste is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. It has a slight subdued nose that demands some coaxing and eventually perhaps reluctantly offers aromas of blackberry wild hedgerow sous-bois and damp tobacco. I find it missing a little vivacity and precision. The palate has a crisp brine-tinged entry with chalky tannins. Typically masculine and austere quite edgy and tense the 2011 is a straight down the fairway quintessential Pauillac with cedar and strong graphite notes on the finish. Leaving it for another five minutes there is a cheeky scent of orange that develops in the glass and then...poof...it's gone again. This is an intriguing Pauillac that keeps you on your toes. Tasted April 2012.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
Nice fresh floral style with violet and sandalwood notes up front followed by a core of plum bergamot and cherry sauce flavors. Lightly dusty finish. Has some weight in reserve and so could flesh out more.-J.M.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 Grand Puy Lacoste exhibits a charming, open-knit bouquet of red and black fruits. It is a savory, medium-bodied, flavorful, well-endowed Pauillac from Xavier Borie that can be enjoyed... The dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 Grand Puy Lacoste exhibits a charming, open-knit bouquet of red and black fruits. It is a savory, medium-bodied, flavorful, well-endowed Pauillac from Xavier Borie that can be enjoyed over the next 10-15+ years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JJB 91
John Sweeney - JJ Buckley, April 2012
78% cabernet sauvignon and 22% merlot. 55 hectare estate vineyards are planted in deep gravel soil. Aged for 16-18 months in 75% new French oak. Harvest occurred between September 15th and 29th. Very dark in color almost... 78% cabernet sauvignon and 22% merlot. 55 hectare estate vineyards are planted in deep gravel soil. Aged for 16-18 months in 75% new French oak. Harvest occurred between September 15th and 29th. Very dark in color almost opaque at the core and very primary on the nose. The palate offers a very juicy frame of black and purple fruits and a chalky texture in the mouth. With good balanced acidity it offers a long lingering finish. Jacques and Eric Boissenot consult. Enjoy 2017-2027.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2011

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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.

Winery

Grand-Puy-Lacoste

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.