2003 Grand-Puy-Lacoste 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Blackberry and licorice aromas, with full body, very fine tannins and a long finish. Very silky. So much for jammy wines in 2003. Very fresh and refined. 15,555 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($43-$50) Good red-ruby color. Very ripe aromas of redcurrant and smoke. Dense and sweet but a tad rustic, with flavors of roasted dark fruits, chocolate and menthol. Offers a smooth texture, ripe acidity and sneaky length, but could use more precision of flavor and thrust.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

An atypically superficial effort from one of my favorite Pauillacs, the 2003 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is very good, but it does not stand up to some of the finest northern Medoc offerings. A deep ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a moderately intense bouquet of black currants and underbrush. It hits the palate with good fruit and medium body, but tails off in the finish. It is an elegant, lighter-styled example of this generally high-class performer. It can be consumed over the next 10-12 years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: grapist
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2009

Rating: 92
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/15/2011
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Site Blog: The Wine Forum Color: dark crimson core, ever so slight bricking Nose: beautiful full and caressing aromatics, dried black berries, fresh flowers, creme d' cassis, subtle smoky oak Palate: the flavors from the nose release onto the palate, esp the berries and cassis, noticeable pepper traces at first mellow later, meat and some orange peel. Interesting stuff.

Rating: 91
Author: Jim Rife
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/02/2012
Decanted 1 hour - very ready to drink. Good but not deep taste.

Rating: 90
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/25/2012

Rating: 85
Author: jackc
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/04/2010

Average rating: 88, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2760 bottles owned by 455 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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