1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste 750ml

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WA 93   WS 90   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

This is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs. The wine is displaying plenty of tannin, huge body, and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals and subtle oak. Massive, extremely structured, and with 25-30 or more years of longevity, this immensely-styled Grand-Puy-Lacoste will require 7-8 years of patience, perhaps longer. A superb, classic Pauillac.

Drink Dates: 2007-2030
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

A seamless, pretty '96 claret. Extremely fruity aromas of plums and blackberries. Medium-bodied, with polished tannins and silky texture. 14,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/05/2014
this is now a classic. still a powerhouse, it took a full 40 minutes to open up. then it evolved into a complex, brooding beauty with deep sweet black currant fruit balanced with minerality and subtle oak in a massively structured immense bordeaux.

Rating: 94
Author: Michael R149
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 06/03/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2019

Rating: 92
Author: Anthony H258
Tasted On: 05/21/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015

Rating: 91
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/16/2013

Rating: 90
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/09/2010

Average rating: 88, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

5193 bottles owned by 814 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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