Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2016: A rich, complex and elegant Pauillac
Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a 5th Classified Growth that is produced in the Pauillac appellation. The 38 year old vines are planted on a 58 hectare vineyard on deep gravel hillocks. Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2016 is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot. The wine is matured in barrels, of which 75% are new.
The weather for the 2016 vintage was exceptional. Winter was mild and experienced heavy rainfall. During the month of June, there was little to no water, and temperatures were warm during the day and cold at night. The grapes reached optimal ripeness for the harvest, which was from September 28th to October 13th.
Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2016 has a brilliant purple color. It has intense aromas of black fruits, spices and flowers. In the mouth, proves to be complex, dense and sweet. Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2016 is fresh and masterfully-balanced. The tannins melt in the incredibly long lasting finish. Overall, an elegant and complex red from Pauillac.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot that matured in 75% new oak. It has 13.3% alcohol this year. It has an extraordinarily pure bouquet with blackberry, briary, touches of pencil shaving and cedar aromas--quintessential Grand-Puy-Lacoste, basically. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. Gone are the days when this Pauillac was as hard as nails for the first decade. The tannins are nowadays much finer and the acidity lends this tension and plenty of freshness. There is an effortless quality to this Pauillac with wonderful length and such finesse on the finish that you immediately want to go back and re-taste it. Like so many others, this improved with aeration, gaining ever more harmony and precision. What a brilliant wine. It is classic Pauillac to its core.