Grand Puy Lacoste 1989
Tasting Notes Grand Puy Lacoste 1989
Tasted at the chateau, this is a far superior bottle than the last example. It has a potent earthy, almost Pomerol-like bouquet with cooked meats, white fennel, smoke, hickory and sage. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins that are finally mellowing with age. Velvety smooth in texture, it displays more vigour than I expected, a great sense of tension with that foursquare finish that is so 'GPL'. This is drinking beautifully now. Tasted March 2011.
When I first tasted the 1989 Grand-Puy-Lacoste in this blind tasting I thought it possessed a Graves-like tobacco/mineral character. In contrast to the blockbuster, full-blown, massive wines produced by this estate in 1990 and 1982, the medium-weight 1989 is elegant, spicy, evolved, and already revealing plenty of cedar and cassis fruit. A delicious, generously-endowed, low acid wine, it will offer mature drinking now and over the next 12-15 years.