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2012 Grand Puy Lacoste

By Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste

2012 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The reputable 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste manifests the complex dance between vintage character and timeless class. My encyclopedic forays into the cellars of Bordeaux have often led me back to the threshold of Pauillac, where excellence is not an aspiration but an expectation.

 

Vintage Valor: A Testament to Terroir

The year 2012 in Bordeaux was not without its climatic challenges; nonetheless, it crafted wines with a tenor of resilience that enthral wine investors and aficionados alike. Resonating through the glass, the 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste posits a layered bouquet that encapsulates the tenacious spirit of its year. Notes of dark cherry and blackcurrant are elegantly counterpointed by subtle earthy undertones and an enduring mineral streak native to the gravely deposits of Pauillac.

 

Elegance in Equilibrium

On the palate, this vintage exudes a medley balanced by both depth and finesse – a true hallmark of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste's deft craftsmanship. Taut tannins frame a wine that refuses to bow to the whimsy of time too soon, promising remarkable potential for cellaring. While approachable now, the investment in patience will certainly be rewarded as the complexities unfold like a tapestry of vinicultural artistry.

The precision of this wine's structure is testament to adept viticulture married with astute winemaking—reflected in its clean trajectory from vibrant acidity through to a finish that leaves behind an echo of indulgent spice and tobacco complexity.

 

Securing a Spot in Sophisticated Cellars

For investors keen on acquiring bottles with proven maturity trajectories, the 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste is a compelling proposition. With each swirl and sip, it affirms its place among notable vintages that have emerged from within the walls of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste—each glass resonating with history and prescience about an even more impressive future.

Thus enters the 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste into the annals—a wine discerning enough for drinkability now, yet poised with potential for those who allow it to mellow within their storied collections. This vintage encapsulates not merely the fleeting character of its year but embodies the perennial prestige of Pauillac—an undeniable asset for any serious portfolio of fine wines.

Market price (CAD)

$790.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

36.15

Scores and tasting notes

93

Extremely well done for the vintage with a serious depth of fruit and firm, silky tannins. Creamy texture and a mineral, dark fruit character.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2013

92-94

Tasted en primeur at the chateau. The Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2012 is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot picked between 3rd and 16th October at 36hl/ha and matured in 75% new oak. The aromatics are reticent at first, demand coaxing from the glass. It reluctantly offers blackberry, small dark cherries and a fragrant seaweed scent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins that appear fully ripe. There is a very attractive symmetry to this wine, wonderful focus with a fresh, refined finish that is not powerful like the 2009 or 2010, but offers a pleasant salty tang. This is a well crafted wine for the vintage. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2013

91

Always a favorite among consumers, Xavier Borie’s is a fifth-growth Pauillac that consistently performs at a much higher level. The 2012 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has the classic, tell-tale crème de cassis as well as some bluer fruits and floral notes. Medium-bodied, its ripe tannin, beautiful fruit and low acidity give it an up-front appeal. There’s no harm in drinking it now or cellaring it for another 12-15+ years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2015

87-89

Aromas of tobacco leaf, roasted herbs and red and black currants cascade from the glass of this medium-bodied, restrained, down-sized 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste. Displaying a dark ruby/purple color and no herbaceousness, this lighter-styled wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1999 and 2001. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #206

Vintage performance