2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Cru Classé Pauillac

Quite an exotic, opulent nose leads onto a palate with plenty of stuffing. A silky but considerable texture is supported by excellent freshness, whilst juicy fruit completes the finish. With a little time, this will be an outstanding GPL. Once again, an excellent buy (price dependent).

Critic score
92.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
1 available
£56.68
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£340.08
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£343.32
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£343.32

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    74% Cabernet Sauvignon
    23% Merlot
    3% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Cru Classé (Medoc & Sauternes)
2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Cru Classé Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

Mid crimson. Relatively voluptuous for a 2015 Pauillac on the nose then racy and sucky-stony on the palate. Very Pauillac. Great energy.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
17/20
Decanter (April 2016)
94/100

A rich, super-finessed wine, the 2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste brings together the ripeness of the vintage and classic elegance of Pauillac in stunning style. Today, the 2015 is gloriously ripe and intense, with fabulous follow-through and remarkable balance. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, exotic, spice and blood orange hit the flamboyant finish. This is one of the wines of the vintage. Don't miss it. Tasted four times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
92—95/100

The 2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, matured in 75% new oak and was picked between September 18 until October 4 (although the "real" picking commenced from September 21). Now, Grand-Puy-Lacoste is often quite "aloof" at this early juncture, but that is not the case with the 2015. This is more approachable aromatically, beautifully defined, thanks to that expressive Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin and finely tuned acidity (pH 3.68). Beguilingly harmonious in the mouth, it boasts a silky smooth texture with wonderful salinity on the aftertaste that is sustained in the mouth. As usual, Xavier Borie has produced a "classic" Pauillac, but one that is a little more appeasing to those that don't want to cellar for 20-30 years. You could describe the 2015 as being between 2009 and 2010...and that, folks, is not a bad place to be.

Neal Martin, robertparker.com (April 2016)
94—96/100

This is very fine and elegant GPL with black currant and hints of walnuts, chocolate. Full body, sweet and pretty tannins. Persistent. So polished.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
94—95/100