Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste   Grand Puy Lacoste

2004 Grand Puy Lacoste

By Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste

2004 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Amidst the pantheon of the venerated Pauillac appellation, the 2004 vintage of Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste stakes its claim as a wine of profound elegance and longevity. The year 2004 held a certain je ne sais quoi within the confines of Bordeaux's winemaking challenges, offering a season of sound ripening and end-of-harvest grace that culminated in a vintage denoted by its classical restraint and astuteness.

 

Elegance Amidst Power: A Vintage of Precision

The tale of the 2004 vintage is one of adept balance between force and finesse—a narrative where the natural inclination towards powerful Bordeaux structure met the polished exactitude needed to create a subtly nuanced palate. This vintage, cropped at an opportune moment to harness both vivacity and vigour, unfurls on the palate with disciplined tannins and an exquisite measure of red and black fruits nuanced by hints of cedar and tobacco leaf.

 

An Investment Worthy of Cellaring

For the fine wine investor, the 2004 Grand Puy Lacoste denotes an alluring proposition. The inherent qualities of this vintage are underpinned by its steady maturation profile—an enticing facet for those diversifying their portfolio. Its poised expression, coupled with judicious cellaring potential, sings testament to the astuteness that can be unearthed in such vintages that stand somewhat unostentatiously beside their lauded fellows.

In summary, this offering from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste finds its place as one of intrigue in an investment cellar. Introspective drinkers may find solace in its evolving complexity—proof positive that not all vintages need trumpet their arrival with pomp and circumstance. Indeed, the 2004 Grand Puy Lacoste espouses a depth of character equalled only by the time it invites us to bestow upon it.

Current market price

$960.00

12x75cl

Highest score

90

POP score

58

Scores and tasting notes

90

Well, first things first: it does not smell like a white Burgundy (I am sure that must have been something with my glass!) No, this is straight down the line Cabernet Sauvignon, good ripeness, blackberry, cedar, pain grille and cigar box. The palate has firm tannins, off-dry and conservative without the weight of a more favourable vintage, but very focused, rather haughty on the dry finish, aloof even. Give it a few years and it will deign you with its presence. Drink 2015-2025. Tasted November 2008.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2009

89

This excellent offering displays sweet black currant notes intermixed with notions of licorice, scorched earth, and spicy herbs. Medium-bodied and elegant with abundant fruit on the attack and mid-palate, and light to moderate tannin, it should drink well for 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007

Vintage performance