2011 Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 93 JS 93 WE 92 WA 91 WS 91
DC 93

Decanter, February 2021

The savoury, floral edge of Cabernet on gravel is fully on display, and it needs time in the glass to soften and unroll. After a few minutes, the smoky side comes out, and the lean but concentrated berry fruit, although...
JS 93

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.
WE 92

Wine Enthusiast, February 2014

Reflecting the fruity, forward style of the vintage, this wine is packed with ripe black currants. There is a strong Cabernet character—it's dry initially, then followed by juiciness. It's a concentrated wine, although...
WA 91

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...
WS 91

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.


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2011
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.

This 2011 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Pauillac region in Bordeaux, France. With a deep, almost opaque color at the core, this wine is a true representation of its terroir. The vineyards of Grand-Puy-Lacoste span 55 hectares and are planted in deep gravel soil, providing the perfect conditions for the cultivation of high-quality grapes.

Aged for 16-18 months in 75% new French oak, this wine showcases the expertise of the winemaking team at Grand-Puy-Lacoste. The blend consists of 78% cabernet sauvignon and 22% merlot, resulting in a well-balanced composition that highlights the best characteristics of each varietal.

Upon first approach, the nose reveals a primary and vibrant aroma, with a juicy frame of black and purple fruits. The palate follows suit, offering an explosion of flavors that include black currants, plum, cherry sauce, and bergamot. Supported by a chalky texture and balanced acidity, this wine provides a long and lingering finish that leaves a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critics have praised this 2011 vintage, with James Suckling awarding it an impressive score of 93 points. He describes the licorice, tar, and spice character, along with dried fruits and currants that impress him. The firm tannins and chewy finish contribute to the overall complexity of the wine, making it even more enjoyable with age.

Decanter also commends this wine, noting its classic Pauillac characteristics. The savory, floral edge of Cabernet Sauvignon shines through, accompanied by pencil lead and crushed stone notes. With 75% new oak, the wine gains added depth and complexity.

This 2011 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a remarkable example of the Bordeaux region's winemaking prowess. With its elegance, depth of flavors, and the potential for aging, it is a wine that will undoubtedly captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast.