1982 Grand-Puy-Lacoste 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | Fifth Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 93   JR 18.5   WS 92   IWC 91(+?)   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

One of the greatest Grand-Puy-Lacostes ever produced, the 1982 still possesses a youthful, dense opaque purple color with slight lightening at the edge. The nose remains somewhat monolithic, but an intense black currant/creme de cassis-scented bouquet is backed up by roasted earth, smoke, and mineral notes. Full-bodied, muscular, and powerful, this opulently-textured, moderately tannic, youthful, huge Grand-Puy-Lacoste will benefit from another 2-5 years of cellaring. However, the wine's sweetness and low acidity provide plenty of joy at present. It will age well for at least another 25 years.

Drink Dates: 2002-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 129

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

(magnum) Deep ruby. Big and bold and thick. Dense and lively. Very rich with some liquorice notes. More lift than the 1990. Sweet and gorgeous. Haunting and long yet still very refreshing. No variation between two magnums opened several hours apart with the one given several hours in a decanter definitely superior. Xavier Borie: 'This was the earliest picked ever and was an enormous crop. Henri Martin sent samples to Paris because the authorities wanted to limit yields to 60 hl/ha. In the end we were granted a special licence to make 70 hl/ha. Lovely and lively - absolute vindication of the lack of correlation between yield and quality.

Drink Dates: 1995-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Not as impressive as it once was; nonetheless, a rich and caressing wine. Sweet berry flavor, with hints of tobacco and raisin. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a caressing finish.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.

Drink Dates: 1998+
Author: James Suckling

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

($125) Full, deep red. Reticent aromas of plum, currant, mint and cedar. Dry, penetrating and stylish, with very primary flavors and noteworthy vinosity. Classic claret intensity and grip without any excess weight. The flavors build impressively on the firmly tannic, youthfully tough finish. This bottle was still a few years away from full maturity and should last for another 20 years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Murray
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/30/2011
Stunning wine. I drank it shortly after the 1970 Ducru, and it was not nearly as refined as that. I thought the second glass was a little sickly actually. Very concentrated wine

Rating: 93
Author: flavio
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/18/2010
Drink Dates: 2011
Great Bottle. Still very fresh. Black berries and very nice acidity. Medium body with a long, long finish.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1339 bottles owned by 339 collectors.

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About This Producer

Located on the left bank of the Gironde River, a few miles from the town of Pauillac, Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (also known as Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste-Saint-Guirons) is a Fifth Growth classified Bordeaux wine that continually outperforms its classification. The vineyards cover over 90 hectares growing primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Grand-Puy-Lacoste's wines are powerful, with distinct tannic structure, and rich blackcurrant and cassis notes which are the hallmarks of a good Pauillac. Cabernet Sauvignon is king at Grand-Puy-Lacoste, as the deep gravel topsoil with a limestone base is ideally suited for growing the grape. Cabernet is also what gives the wines their wonderful structure, and aging potential. The estate's second wine is called Lacoste-Borie.

See other similar producers: Chateau d'Armailhac, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Beychevelle

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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