A.O.C. Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is an estate on the up. Its success, as the welcoming Isabelle La Sueur told us, can be attributed to owner François-Xavier Borie, who since taking over from his father, has taken the estate from good to great. Xavier has rebuilt the cellars, installed smaller vats and instigated a more rigorous selection process.
The wines carry a hint of crème de cassis, which is the estate’s trademark characteristic in top vintages.
“Along with the 1982, 2000, and 2005, the 1990 is one of those monumental Grand Puy Lacostes that you can’t have enough of. Still inky/blue/purple-colored to the rim, it boasts a gorgeously sweet, pure nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, and a hint of wet rocks. The wine is full-bodied, plush, and expansive with impressive levels of glycerin and purity as well as an endearing texture. This 1990 is evolving at a glacial pace, but the sweetness of the tannins and low acidity ensure a delicious treat whenever a bottle is opened. It should evolve for another 20-25 years.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Jun 2009)
Optimum Drinking Period: 2009-2034
Robert Parker: 96
Wine Spectator: 95