The excellent 2018 was Xavier's 40th vintage here. We expect the 2019 to be another success. The 2019 is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot, which is higher in Cabernet than normal but is exactly the same as the superb 2010 vintage. The yield is slightly lower than last year at 41hl/ha. The wine will be aged in 75% new French oak for 18 months. Vibrant purple in the glass. Very aromatic at this early stage, with wild flowers, fresh blackcurrant and even blood orrange on the nose. The spice of oak is subtle and savoury, complementing this complex fruit. The palate is glossy and layered, with fine but grippy tannins amply framing a dense and powerful core of black fruit. Despite this power and ripeness, the sensation is still one of freshness with the peppery, floral accents and fresh acidity at the core. Superb depth and drive through to a long and refined finish. An excellent Grand Puy Lacoste.
|Score: 18+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Grand Puy Lacoste is deep purple in colour. Initially the bouquet is tight and so I left my sample for 15-20 minutes to open. It rewards patience with a beguiling mélange of pure blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and pencil shavings, very focused and mineral-driven. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins. Compared to the robust, tannic GPL's of old, this is much more lithe and approachable, yet it still bears the DNA of this Pauillac estate. It might not possess the flair of other 2019 Left Banks, but that it is not what I seek from this estate. Classy and full of breeding - quintessential Pauillac. 2025-2060.
|Score: 95/97||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
A firm, silky red with intense, chewy tannins, showing structure, beauty and intensity. Full-bodied, tight and chewy. Racy and focused GPL. Shows a more refined structure than the 2018, but serious.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020|
Lovely depth of colour, a big difference between the 1st and 2nd wine in this vintage, this just screams Pauillac with its pencil lead, charcoal and cassis notes. Glass-staining colour, extremely silky, with liquorice and chocolate adding layers without taking away from the purity of expression. Fine tannic hold, tons of character and clear longevity - this is a brilliant wine, easily equal to the 2018 and approaching the 2016. Drinking Window 2027 - 2046
|Score: 96||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot. Barrel sample.
Deep colour. A refined classic. Fragrant, lifted dark-fruit nose with blackcurrant notes to the fore. Super palate, the tannins plentiful and firm but offering a velvety texture at the same time. Lots of freshness, even a saline edge. Builds to a long, dry, mouth-cleansing finish. (JL)
Drink 2030 – 2045
|Score: 17.5+||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|