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2001 Grand Puy Lacoste

By Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste

2001 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, Bordeaux

In the tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, the 2001 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste subtly asserts itself with an understated elegance and finesse. This particular year provided a vibrant counterpoint to the exuberant 2000s, reminding us that restraint and sophistication often underpin longevity in fine wines.

 

Investor's Note: A Vintage That Promises Elegance Over Power

With the mature investor in mind, the 2001 vintage from this esteemed Pauillac estate is a gem worth considering. Gleaning recognition for its steadfast development and charming nuances, the 2001 Grand Puy Lacoste unfolds with a balance that has become even more distinctive over time.

 

The Defining Characteristics of 2001

The year 2001 was cooler compared to the scorching 2000, bestowing upon its resultant wines a structured precision. The 2001 Grand Puy Lacoste articulates this virtue adeptly, with its poised tannins and classic cassis notes deftly entwined with hints of cedar and spice—a testament to the extraordinary terroir of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste.

On the palate, one is greeted by a medium-bodied ensemble, allowing a vibrant acidity to carry through flavours resonant of dark fruits and tobacco. The subtlety of oak integration here is noteworthy; it frames rather than overpowers the fruit.

 

An Intrinsic Worth for Collectors and Connoisseurs

Two decades have brought this wine to an impressive point. Far from peaking too early, the 2001 reveals the integrity of a vintage that was always promising to reward patience. Moreover, for investors looking to diversify their collection with secure Bordeaux offerings, the 2001 Grand Puy Lacoste represents not only a pleasurable drinking experience but also inherent investment esteem.

 

Summing Up: Investment-Minded Indulgence

The 2001 Grand Puy Lacoste heralds from a Bordeaux estate renowned for consistency and quality. For connoisseurs seeking both enjoyment and investment potential, this vintage confers a unique proposition—a poised and structured addition to any discerning collection. With two decades of maturation bestowing nuanced elegance upon it, this wine now enjoys a well-deserved ascension into the echelons of vinous greats; an undoubtedly worthy consideration for inclusion in any portfolio.

Current market price

$1,220.00

12x75cl

Highest score

92

POP score

83.33

Scores and tasting notes

92

Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On horizontal. Showing some maturity on the rim, this has a very opulent bouquet with degraded fruit: crushed strawberry, pomegranate, chestnut, a touch of toffee and undergrowth. The palate is medium-bodied with a slight meaty edge on the entry, fresh acidity here, firm grip with a savoury touch on the sweet, fleshy finish. Very fine, though I am surprised I forward this bottle showed. Tasted March 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2011

88

A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by this property’s tell-tale cassis characteristics. Medium-bodied and monolithic, with fine ripeness as well as depth along with light to moderate tannin in the finish, the 2001 Grand-Puy-Lacoste should be at its peak between 2006-2014.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004

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