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Grand Puy Lacoste 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Xavier Borie and his daughter Emeline consistently make one of the finest and most classic of all Pauillacs here. It has been owned by the Borie family since 1978. Frequently GPL is a match for the top names of Pauillac but is usually cheaper en primeur. The 60 hectare vineyard is in one contiguous plot that surrounds the château and is planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Much of the fruit is used to make the second wine - Lacoste Borie. This is a a very popular château at Farr Vintners - both with our customers and staff.

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Tasting Notes

The 2021 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a beauty, bursting with aromas of dark berries, plums, rose petals, violets, warm spices and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, it's fleshy and enveloping, with melting tannins, succulent acids and a pleasure-bent, demonstrative personality. While it's clear that this is an irresistibly charming, satisfying Pauillac from the Borie family, it wouldn't surprise me to see it acquire additional depth, flesh and seriousness with further barrel maturation.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

The 2021 Grand Puy Lacoste was picked from September 24 to October 8 at 40hL/ha, and matured in 75% new oak. There is quite a conspicuous gap between this and the Deuxième Vin this year, the Grand Vin delivering much more cohesion and fruit intensity: blackberry, tobacco, mahogany bureau and a touch of sage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, well balanced, and predictably unapologetically classic in style. If you love GPL, then you're going to appreciate this return to its quintessential style after three opulent vintages.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

A healthy yield here of 40 hl/ha and the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon ever in the blend of the grand vin at 85%. They will again produce, on request, cases containing 1 double magnum, 2 magnums and 4 bottles. Deep ruby-purple colour. Fresh blackcurrant and ripe black cherry on the nose together with subtle, savoury spices from the wood. The palate has a sappy, savoury, moreish edge to the black fruit at the core, complemented by fine but grippy, persistent tannins. Weightlessly intense, this is a wine of fantastic harmony and effortless balance. Compact but driven, this is a finely etched wine that shines a light on the positive elements of 2021. It proves that much of the joy of Bordeaux comes in its refinement, elegance and depth, rather than raw power. Fine.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

Very fine and polished tannins with lovely balance and beauty. Blackberries, blackcurrants and a creamy texture. Lovely finesse and focus. There’s delicacy and beauty to this. 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

Traditional and clasic Pauillac character, a little more old school than usual, certainly than the last few years. Plum, cassis, cocoa bean and liqourice keep things firm, with straight-laced tannins tight and pulled in. Will soften further over ageing, and no question that this is delivering appellation typicity. Tasted twice. 75% new oak, harvest September 24 to October 8.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022
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