This is a classic old school claret. 1998 Bordeaux at their best display elegance, charm, opulence and character, and this wine is no exception. This wine is exclusively hand harvested, with two successive selections before and after the de-stemming process. Long period of maceration on skins for 3 weeks, followed by 16 to 18 months of ageing in French oak barrels. A larger percentage of Merlot adds a softness to this wine.
Tasting Notes: Soft tannins, coupled with freshness, smoke, truffle, cigar box, and cassis. Lingering spice notes on the finish. Could develop for another 3-5 years in bottle but beautiful expression now.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at the château, the 1998 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has really developed in commendable fashion in recent years. It had a striking bouquet with intense blackberry, wild strawberry and graphite scents, a vivacious bouquet that is less austere than other vintages. The palate is very well balanced with a smooth texture. Like the aromatics, I feel this is more approachable because its backbone is not as stiff. The salinity on the finish tempts you back for another sip of this hidden gem of late-nineties Bordeaux. Tasted July 2016.