Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2018
1 or more bottles$249.99
Wine Spectator95 points
Robert Parker's92 points
Another success from Grand-Puy-Lacoste -- it’s bright and full of juice, prioritising vibrancy over power.
As such, it has a touch less Pauillac typicity than in the absolutely brilliant 2016 vintage at this estate, although as it unfurls through the palate you do get the menthol, cassis and smoked cedar that is just such a beautiful sign of ripe Cabernet up in this corner of the world. They were extremely careful with extraction because of the high alcohols, so grapes underwent the shortest maceration to date with no pumping over just an infusion during the extraction process.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Another success from Grand-Puy-Lacoste -- it’s bright and full of juice, prioritising vibrancy over power. As such, it has a touch less Pauillac typicity than in the absolutely brilliant 2016 vintage at this estate, although as it unfurls through the palate you do get the menthol, cassis and smoked cedar that is just such a beautiful sign of ripe Cabernet up in this corner of the world. They were extremely careful with extraction because of the high alcohols, so grapes underwent the shortest maceration to date with no pumping over just an infusion during the extraction process."
"Juicy and compact now, with dark currant, blackberry and fig notes at the core, surrounded by lots of warm earth, singed alder and tobacco leaf notes. Cast iron note helps extend the finish, with the fruit and earth notes keeping pace. Has a slight throwback feel, so if you like old school, ageworthy Pauillac, this is your wine."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate92
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is scented of warm blackcurrants, black cherries, spice box, florals and chocolate box with a menthol hint. Full-bodied, the palate is rich, plush and generous, finishing long and perfumed."
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Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2018 1.5L
- Variety Cabernet Blend
- Vintage 2018
- Brand Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
- Cellaring 15 Plus Years
- Wine Type Red
- Alcohol Percentage 14.0% Alcohol
Wine Spectator95 points
Robert Parker's92 points
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
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Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
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The left bank of Bordeaux is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, which thrives in the region's gravelly soils. These wines tend to be bold, tannic, and complex, with notes of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the right bank, Merlot is king, producing wines that are softer and fruitier, with notes of plum, cherry, and chocolate.
Aside from the red blends, Bordeaux is also renowned for its sweet wines, particularly from the Sauternes and Barsac appellations. These wines are made using a unique process that involves botrytis, or "noble rot," which concentrates the sugars in the grapes, resulting in a lusciously sweet and complex wine.
Bordeaux's classification system has evolved over time, with some estates moving up or down the ranks depending on the quality of their wines. Today, the system includes five growths, with Premier Cru being the highest and Deuxièmes Crus being the second-highest. There is also a separate classification for the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, with Chateau d’Yquem holding the highest rank.
Overall, Bordeaux is a region that continues to captivate wine enthusiasts around the world with its rich history, diverse terroirs, and exceptional wines.
Pauillac, a commune within Bordeaux, is considered to be the most opulent appellation in the region and produces wines that are renowned for their richness and power. Wine expert Hugh Johnson has even gone as far as to declare that if he had to choose just one commune in Bordeaux to top the list, it would undoubtedly be Pauillac. This village, situated on the left bank of Gironde and located between Saint-Julien and Saint-Estephe, spans over 1,200 hectares and is the largest in the Médoc, with a population of more than 5,000.
The vineyards in Pauillac are mainly dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, although they also include blends of other grape varieties, such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Despite its relatively small size, Pauillac's terroir differs significantly from the surrounding wine regions, which has allowed the winemakers to develop a unique and expert understanding of the area's flavor profiles. They have become skilled in accentuating the unique flavors of each individual vineyard, resulting in wines that showcase the essence of Pauillac.
The region's wines are characterized by a stark and blunt style, with a dominant flavor of black currant and hints of cedar-wood aromas. The wines are known for their robust and powerful nature, making them a favorite among wine enthusiasts worldwide. If you're a wine lover, then Pauillac is undoubtedly an appellation that you should experience for yourself.
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About the brand Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
The name Grand Puy Lacoste comes from a combination of its location and the name of one of the original owners of the Pauillac estate. Puy is a French topographical term designating the elevations rising from the mostly flat surrounding landscapes found in numerous Bordeaux vineyards.
The second part of the Medoc estates name, Lacoste, is the name of the family who owned the property from the start of the eighteenth century until the conclusion of the nineteenth century as you will see.