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2016 Grand Puy Lacoste

By Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste

2016 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2016 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste heralds a splendid incarnation of a Bordeaux legend from the revered terroirs of Pauillac. In the tapestry of its vintages, 2016 weaves a particularly compelling narrative, born of a year that challenged and rewarded with equal measure.

 

Defining Moments: The Climatic Kaleidoscope of 2016

The climatic conditions of 2016 sculpted this vintage with masterful precision. A wet spring gave way to a hot, drought-prone summer followed by fortuitous late rainfall that ushered in a generous harvest period. The berries achieved perfect ripeness; the wines they bore are marked by an alluring dichotomy of power and elegance intrinsic to the finest Pauillac offerings.

 

Elegance amid Exuberance: Tasting the 2016 Grand Puy Lacoste

On the palate, this wine demonstrates disciplined intensity within its layered opulence. Blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and dark cherry notes dominate, framed by fine-grained tannins that impart beguiling longevity and promise. A hint of graphite serves as a nod to the mineral-rich gravel soils typical of Pauillac, while oak influence is judicious, supporting rather than smothering the fruit's flourish.

The blend's composition sings of the vintage's strengths - pristine Cabernet Sauvignon energised by Merlot's plump juiciness and Cabernet Franc’s aromatic finesse. It dances on the fine edge of robustness and freshness - a trademark harmonious balance indicative of careful selection amid challenging conditions.

For investors and connoisseurs alike, 2016 Grand Puy Lacoste resounds as a wise acquisition. Its equilibrium between age-worthiness and immediate appeal positions it as a desirable asset within any discerning collection.

 

A Vintage to Cherish: Investment Worthiness of 2016 Grand Puy Lacoste

In concluding my evaluation, it is clear that the 2016 Grand Puy Lacoste possesses a multiplicity of charms; it is at once enchantingly approachable yet structured with an architect’s eye for longevity. Such wines encapsulate the canny investor's quest: to hold both beauty and value in their grasp. Whether for reposing in the cellar or gracing the glass today, this vintage asserts its place in Pauillac's proud lineage – versatile, compelling, indispensable.

Current market price

$720.00

12x75cl

Highest score

97

POP score

34.71

Scores and tasting notes

96-97

This is all about the finish with a sweet-tobacco, berry and light milk-chocolate character. Full body, very fine tannins and a juicy finish. Love the intensity and finesse at the end. Lots of energy. Could better the exquisite 2014.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017

94-97

Ripe, but sleek and very focused, featuring racy iron and savory notes coursing alongside the core of black currant and black cherry fruit. The fresh finish keeps everything in lockstep. Well-built.—J.M.

Wine Spectator - The Wine Spectator (James Molesworth)

94

The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste gives up pure kirsch and red and black currants with violets and baking spices. Medium-bodied, firm and grainy, it's very expressive with good concentration and length.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 30 November 2018

17

Very dark crimson. Very ripe and fresh. Pretty glorious expression of the vintage on the nose. Slightly dry finish but really very energetic and may be a fairly good buy. Slightly dry on the end – very British claret!

Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com

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