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2013 Grand Puy Lacoste

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2013 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2013 vintage in Bordeaux presented challenges and required producer acumen to navigate a tricky growing season, and the efforts at Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste have culminated in a wine that stands out for its finesse and charm. The 2013 Grand Puy Lacoste is a testament to the estate's commitment to quality, even in less than ideal conditions.


Patience and Precision: The Hallmarks of 2013

An understanding of Bordeaux's varying vintages is crucial for fine wine investors, as each year imparts unique characteristics on the region's output. The 2013 growing season was marked by a late flowering, cooler summer temperatures, and demanding harvest decisions. The skilled winemaking team at Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste managed this with aplomb, crafting a wine that displays remarkable balance and depth given the circumstances.


Vintage Character: Elegance Amidst Adversity

The 2013 Grand Puy Lacoste offers a symphony of layered flavours - a bright bouquet of blackcurrant and red cherry overlays earthy tones of tobacco and cedar. On the palate, it exhibits a medium body with refined tannins that support an array of dark fruit and herbaceous notes, culminating in an elegantly sustained finish. This poise is particularly admirable considering the variable weather conditions throughout the year.

Investors will find the ageing potential of this vintage intriguing; while the 2013 Grand Puy Lacoste may not boast the power of more heralded years, it compensates with early drinkability. Therein lies its appeal, striking an accessible balance between maturity and vitality.

A compelling option for those looking to diversify their portfolios with subtler expressions from Pauillac, the 2013 rendition speaks to the resilience and consistency inherent in Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste's craftmanship. Though every vintage is unique in its narrative and delivery, those acquainted with the estate's offerings will recognise and appreciate the finesse with which they have handled this more challenging year.


Investment Worthiness: A Vintage of Nuance

The vintage's qualities resonate well within investment circles; it highlights not only the intrinsic value of well-made Bordeaux but also the rarity of such poised wines from a challenging year. The 2013 Grand Puy Lacoste is a shrewd choice for collectors seeking diversity within their fine wine portfolios – an embodiment of both provenance and perseverance.

In conclusion, despite or indeed because of its unique challenges, 2013 offers a distinctive inclusion to any serious wine collection or investment portfolio. It’s these complex tales woven into each bottle that underscore their potential both for enjoyment and for long-term appreciation.

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The 2013 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, wild strawberry and cedar fruit, nicely composed and delineated, not complex but harmonious. As usual, there is a conservative element to the aromatics in keeping with this estate's style. The palate is medium-bodied with appreciable mineralité on the entry. I like the edginess here, the framework and in particular the finesse that is not always apparent at Grand-Puy-Lacoste, at least at this early juncture. It might not be a long-term proposition, but it is certainly one of the finest Pauillac wines of the vintage courtesy of Xavier and Emeline Borie.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016

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