Château-Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac 2010


SKU 01788


One of the most sought-after Pauillac producers in Bordeaux circles, Grand Puy Lacoste is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, with old vines averaging 40+ years. Its Fifth Growth status does not indicate its true level of quality, which hovers in the 3rd Growth status. Located a kilometer from Lynch-Bages, this estate produces wines with intense cassis flavors, lots of power and delicious purity.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Brand Château-Grand-Puy-Lacoste
  • wj97-99

Wine JournalA blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot, the Grand Puy Lacoste '10 has 13.6% alcohol with a total acidity of around 3.5gms/L. It has a very complex bouquet that I leave over 5 minutes to open, developing ripe blackberry, cassis, oyster shell and a faint tang of Japanese nori (seaweed.) Very good complexity. The palate is beautifully balanced, this GPL revelling in this vintage that countenances the Cabernet Sauvignon so much. Very refined, powerful, beautifully focused with an unerring sense of symmetry. This is a magnificent Pauillac, Bravo Xavier!!! Drink 2020- Tasted March 2011.

Neal Martin, May 2011
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateAn absolutely magnificent wine from this very popular estate, which sits well off the Route du Vin, just to the southwest of the town of Pauillac, its classic creme de cassis and floral notes are well-displayed. The wine possesses supple tannin, a full body, voluptuous character and a layered, impressively textured mouthfeel. This is a brilliant effort from Grand Puy Lacoste that can be drunk in 4-5 years or cellared for three decades or more.

Robert Parker, February 2013
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorThis is dense but silky around the edges, with crushed plum and black currant fruit lined with roasted vanilla bean, tobacco and loam notes. Everything hangs solidly through the finish, lined with finely beaded acidity and leaving an echo of singed anise. Best from 2015 through 2028.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2013
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastVery densely tannic wine, the dry character of the wine a major element. This dryness gives the wine power, without the fruit at this stage. It does have the weight for the future.

Roger Voss, June 25, 2011