2017 Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JA 94 JS 93 JL 93 VN 93 TWI 92 WS 92 WE 91
JA 94

janeanson.com, September 2021

A lighter-framed vintage that will be ready to drink before the classic 10 year window. You see hints of this immediately in the plum colour, with shadings of a lighter raspberry around the rim even at four years old. The...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, January 2020

Aromas of fresh raspberries with some lemon peel and fresh herbs follow through to a full to medium body. Fresh herbs and graphite highlight the wine. Chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Better after 2022.
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, October 2023

Classic, and classy with a refreshing, mint-leaf edge to the crisp, chewy, sweet, vibrant red fruits on the nose, and on the medium-bodied, energetic, crunchy palate. Drink from 2025-2045.
VN 93

Vinous, May 2018

(VN 91-93 points) The 2017 Grand Puy Lacoste was picked from 15 to 29 September cropped at 45hl/ha, matured in 75% new oak. It has a clean, precise and conservative bouquet that takes time to open. I like the mineral...
TWI 92

The Wine Independent, September 2022

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Grand-Puy-Lacoste slowly emerges from the glass with evocative notes of kirsch, fresh boysenberries, and redcurrant preserves, followed by hints of rosehip tea, dried Provence herbs...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2020

A taut and minerally version, defined by a chalky underpinning that harnesses the core of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit. Streaks of cedar, chestnut and bay leaf mark the finish. Shows the austere...
WE 91

Wine Enthusiast, March 2020

This is a stylish wine that displays plenty of black currant fruit framed by fine tannins. Medium bodied, the it has a juicy core that is already attractive, but for best enjoyment, drink from 2023. - ROGER VOSS


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2017
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 2017 Grand-Puy-Lacoste from Bordeaux, France is a remarkable wine that exemplifies the elegance and finesse of the Pauillac region. This red Bordeaux blend showcases the classic characteristics of the area, offering a truly memorable tasting experience.

In the glass, the wine displays a deep, plum color with subtle hints of raspberry around the rim, even at its four-year mark. The aromas are enticing, with notes of fresh raspberries, lemon peel, and a touch of fresh herbs. As you delve further into the wine, hints of graphite and more herbs emerge, adding complexity to the bouquet.

On the palate, the 2017 Grand-Puy-Lacoste reveals its true character. It is a medium to full-bodied wine with a chewy finish that lingers. The flavors of fresh herbs and graphite shine through, highlighting the wine's unique personality. The tannins are fine-grained and well-integrated, contributing to the wine's overall smoothness.

While this wine is already impressive, it is recommended to give it some time to soften and develop further. The experts suggest that it will reach its peak after 2022, allowing it to fully express its potential. However, if you can't resist temptation, it can be enjoyed now with great pleasure.

Renowned wine critics have showered praise upon the 2017 Grand-Puy-Lacoste. James Suckling awarded it a score of 93 points, highlighting the fresh herb and graphite notes. Jeff Leve gave it a score of 94 points, describing it as fresh, lively, vibrant, and classically styled. Vinous awarded it 93 points, noting its medium body, fine-grained tannins, and tobacco-infused red and black fruit. Wine Spectator bestowed a score of 92 points, emphasizing its taut and mineral-driven nature. Finally, Jane Anson gave it a score of 94 points, declaring it a standout success of the 2017 vintage.

This wine, produced by Grand-Puy-Lacoste, is crafted with meticulous attention to detail. It is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, and it has an alcohol content of 13.5%. The grapes were harvested from September 15 to September 29, ensuring optimal ripeness and flavor development.

The 2017 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a wine that promises to evolve beautifully over time. Its refined elegance, complex flavors, and impeccable structure make it a true treasure from the Pauillac region. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years, this wine is sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseur.