The blend going into the 2006 vintage of Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. Full of sweet dark fruit, but still rather young. Wait a couple more years for this, or leave to rest for another decade to see its complete evolution!
The name Grand-Puy, already mentioned in documents from the Middle Ages, comes from the ancient term "puy” which means "hillock, small height”. True to its name, the vineyard sits on outcrops with a terroir similar to that of the Médoc's first growths. From Since the 16th century the property remained attached to a single family from generation to generation, in a direct line through marriage until 1920, before connecting with another family in 1978—the Borie. In 1855 Chateay Grand-Puy-Lacoste was named a Fifth Growth estate, though modern wine writers have argued that it would deserve even higher status.
Tasted blind. Pungent cordite nose. Thick and sweet. Perhaps just a little overripe? But it certainly delivers drinking pleasure. Lots to enjoy here. Dry end.
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. I raved about the 2006 Château Grand Puy-Lacoste when I tasted it from barrel ten years ago. It has evolved a really quite beautiful, very classic Pauillac bouquet with vivacious blackberry, raspberry and wild mint aromas that deftly absorb the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perhaps a more forward "GPL" than other vintages, but there is genuine fineness to the tannin and that backward finish has great precision. There is the substance to suggest that it will be a long-term Left Bank and you could probably broach it after another 3-4 years.
With just a bare minimum of lightening of color around the edges, the wine reminds me of walking into a cigar store, with a fireplace filled with burning wood. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, powerful, young and very tannic. But the fruit is ripe, sweet and fresh! Give this several more years in the cellar, or allow it a few hours of air in the decanter before serving it.
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