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2005 Grand Puy Lacoste

By Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste

2005 Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

In the esteemed panorama of Bordeaux's Pauillac appellation, the 2005 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste stands as a testament to a vintage which many herald for its classical structure and extraordinary longevity. The 2005 vintage emerged from a season that favoured vigorous growth and impeccable phenolic ripeness - a vigneron's muse.


The Quintessence of Terroir: A Wine For Connoisseurs

At its core, 2005 Grand Puy Lacoste necessitated a patient and astute kind of anticipation. It was cellared with glimpses of Bordeaux's old-world aristocracy; harnessing sublime tannins and finessed acidity that pledge further maturation. Capitalising on the estate's deep gravel beds, this vintage offers somber fruit notes with hints of cassis, tobacco, and dark chocolate suggestive of prudent cultivation and spotless terroir expression.


A Vintage with Staying Power: A Magnet for Investors

Investment-wise, the noteworthy 2005 Grand Puy Lacoste is one to reckon with, thanks in part to its favourable critical reception upon release. However, it is the observable grace in its ageing potential that elevates this Pauillac. Its poised evolution mirrors an ideally crafted Bordeaux wine, promising sophisticated palates an unfolding narrative of complexity over decadal arcs.

The inherent balance presented in this year brings forth a wine whose elegance is undisputed; its structure denotes a deft hand in winemaking: robust yet not overpowering, discerning yet generous on the palate - precisely what one might seek when considering diversifying into fine wine investments.

In sum, the 2005 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste captures the essence of a remarkable Bordeaux year. It encapsulates the wisdom intrinsic to exceptional winemaking - where nature’s benevolence meets man's intent to craft legacy in liquid form. Poised at the cusp of its prime drinking window yet asserting promise for future delights, it claims its space as a cornerstone asset in an oenophile's buoyant portfolio.

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Tasted single blind at Farr’s 2005 dinner in Hong Kong. Was I being mean when I garlanded Xavier Borie’s Pauillac with a paltry 97-points? This is an exceptional Pauillac: strict and correct on the nose with graphite, cedar and crushed stone, masculine and stoic but with the clarity of a First Growth. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry, lazer-like precision with touches of pencil-lead on the profound finish. I rest my case and given the price, unbeatable value. Tasted November 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2012


The brilliant 2005 Grand-Puy-Lacoste exhibits classic Pauillac aromas and flavors of creme de cassis along with stony/floral notes. Proprietor Xavier Borie has created a wine that should rival the brilliant 1982, 1990, 1996, and 2000. Full-bodied with sweet tannin and superb length (a 40+ second finish), the purity of this beauty’s black currant fruit is something to behold. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #176 April 2008


Pure crème de cassis, licorice and spice are all present in this wine from Xavier Borie. Medium to full-bodied and ripe, with sweet tannin and a nicely textured mouthfeel, this is a beauty that should continue to drink well for another 15 or so years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2015

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