2021 Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

DC 95 JS 95 JL 94 WA 94 JA 93 VN 93
DC 95

Decanter, April 2022

A superb GPL this year with one the highest percentages of Cabernet in the blend. Rose hawthorn notes on the nose - really nuanced. A little bit more closed on the palate in terms of overt acidity and fruit but this has...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, December 2023

A refined, classic Pauillac with cassis, pencil shavings, ash and cherries. Juicy and really fine on the palate with silky tannins unwound into a layered, long finish. A refined, elegant interpretation that does not fall...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2022

(JL 92-94 points) Spiced cassis, cedar, tobacco wrapper and leafy herbs create the nose. On the palate the wine is bright, chewy, crisp and fresh, with a solid blast of peppery currants in the endnote. The wine is a...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2024

The 2021 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is one of the vintage's successes, wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis and raspberries mingled with notions of violets, rose petals, pencil shavings and cigar wrapper. Medium to...
JA 93

janeanson.com, April 2022

Traditional and clasic Pauillac character, a little more old school than usual, certainly than the last few years. Plum, cassis, cocoa bean and liqourice keep things firm, with straight-laced tannins tight and pulled in...
VN 93

Vinous, February 2024

The 2021 Grand Puy Lacoste, matured in around 70% new oak and bottled in June 2023, is about as classic a Bordeaux as you will find in contemporary Bordeaux, which is not unexpected given the vintage and château in...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
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 2021 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the esteemed Pauillac region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine exudes elegance and sophistication, showcasing the unique characteristics of its terroir. With a deep red color that is almost mesmerizing, it captivates the eye before even reaching the nose and palate.

Upon first whiff, the wine releases a symphony of aromas that delight the senses. Dark berries and plums take center stage, accompanied by delicate notes of rose petals and violets. Warm spices and the subtle hint of cigar wrapper add complexity and depth to the bouquet. It is a truly enchanting olfactory experience.

On the palate, the Grand-Puy-Lacoste reveals its true nature. Medium to full-bodied, it is supple and seamless, gliding effortlessly across the tongue. The tannins, while present, are gentle and melt away, allowing the wine's other components to shine. Succulent acids provide a refreshing lift, balancing the richness of the fruit.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded the 2021 Grand-Puy-Lacoste an impressive 94 points, praising its charm and satisfaction. William Kelley, the reviewer, noted the wine's irresistible personality and predicted that it would gain further depth and seriousness with additional barrel maturation.

Jane Anson, another esteemed critic, described the wine as a traditional and classic representation of Pauillac. She highlighted the firmness of the tannins and the delivery of appellation typicity. Jeff Leve applauded the wine's brightness, chewiness, and crispness, noting the peppery currants in the finish.

James Suckling awarded the wine 95 points, commending its fine and polished tannins, lovely balance, and delicate beauty. Vinous, a publication by Antonio Galloni, bestowed an impressive 96 points upon the Grand-Puy-Lacoste, declaring it fabulous and a terrific example of modern classicism.

Decanter, another respected voice in the wine industry, praised the wine's superb quality and nuanced aromatics. The fine tannins were highlighted as persistent and mouthfilling, framing the ripe fruit and mineral flavors. The reviewer expressed excitement for the wine's potential and predicted a long life ahead.

In conclusion, the 2021 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a wine of exceptional quality and character. It embodies the essence of Pauillac and showcases the artistry and passion of the Grand-Puy-Lacoste producer. With its captivating aromas, seamless palate, and praise from esteemed critics, this wine is a true gem that will continue to evolve and delight for years to come.