Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 2012

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 2012

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 69%, Merlot 28%, Cabernet Franc 3% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Xavier Borie Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025 Reviewer Rating: 91 Reviewer: Ian D'Agata Code: 102608 Alcohol: 12.5%
Estate Notes

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2012 produced a lovely medium-bodied, elegant, yet concentrated Pauillac style in this vintage, drinking wonderfully well early in its life. 

Grand-Puy-Lacoste is an estate on the up. Its success, as the welcoming Isabelle La Sueur told us, can be attributed to owner François-Xavier Borie, who since taking over from his father, has taken this 5th growth Pauillac château from good to great. Xavier has rebuilt the cellars, installed smaller vats and instigated a more rigorous selection process.

Grand-Puy-Lacoste's wines carry a hint of crème de cassis, which is the château's trademark characteristic in top vintages.


"Aromas of tobacco leaf, roasted herbs and red and black currants cascade from the glass of this medium-bodied, restrained, down-sized 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste. Displaying a dark ruby/purple color and no herbaceousness, this lighter-styled wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1999 and 2001." Robert Parker

"Deep purple-ruby. Highly aromatic nose offers scents of smoky blackberry, red cherry, violet, cocoa and spicy oak. Juicy, spicy and rather deep for the vintage, with nicely concentrated sour cherry and bright blackcurrant lifted by a floral element. A peppery twist complicates the rising, almost creamy finish, which shows a restrained sweetness and sneaky concentration. One of the top two dozen wines of the vintage." Ian d'Agata