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June 01, 2016

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2015

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Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2015

94-96 Pts Wine Advocate
94-95 Pts James Suckling

12×75 – £495 EP
6×75 – £247.50 EP

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders, see below.

En Primeur Expected Spring 2018 

Grand Puy Lacoste have just released their 2015, which has been highly awaited and considered as their greatest ever. It has been awarded 94-96 points from Neal Martin, who says, ‘You could describe the 2015 as being between 2009 and 2010…and that, folks, is not a bad place to be’. The 2009 and 2010 are magnificent and were awarded 95 points from Robert Parker. Today’s release price offers a 13% discount to the 2009 and 2010 and a 33% discount to the 95 scoring 2005, which trades today at £740.

Grand Puy Lacoste, like Pontet Canet, is classified as a Fifth Growth. It is located behind Lynch Bages and on the same longitude as Mouton and Pontet Canet. Its terroir shares the same properties that makes these great Pauillac estates capable of producing beautifully structured, powerful and complex wines. It comes as no surprise that in vintages like 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2015 it makes stellar wines that compete with the leading Second and First Growths for quality. What is surprising is the price however, particularly as they produced less than 12,000 cases in 2015.

Grand Puy Lacoste JS WA Price Release Price
2015 94-95 94-96 £495 £495
2014 93-94 93-95 £375 £375
2013 89-90 N/A £320 £350
2012 93 91 £320 £340
2011 93 91 £320 £395
2010 95 95 £570 £660
2009 95 95 £575 £540
2008 N/A 89 £330 £280
2007 N/A 89-91 £330 £315
2006 N/A 92 £365 £305
2005 N/A 95 £740 £420

The vineyard, once shared with Grand Puy Ducasse, is roughly 36 hectares (90 acres) found on deep gravel top soil with a limestone base. Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and the wines see 50% new oak ageing for 18 months. The name Puy means small height or hillock and the estate stayed in the same family from the 16th Century to 1920 before connecting with the Borie family; currently under the management of Francois-Xavier Borie. Interestingly Grand Puy Lacoste is known as the Crocodile Wine in China due to it sharing the same name as the well-known French sports brand Lacoste.

Neal Martin, 94-96 Points
The 2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, matured in 75% new oak and was picked between September 18 until October 4 (although the “real” picking commenced from September 21). Now, Grand-Puy-Lacoste is often quite “aloof” at this early juncture, but that is not the case with the 2015. This is more approachable aromatically, beautifully defined, thanks to that expressive Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin and finely tuned acidity (pH 3.68). Beguilingly harmonious in the mouth, it boasts a silky smooth texture with wonderful salinity on the aftertaste that is sustained in the mouth. As usual, Xavier Borie has produced a “classic” Pauillac, but one that is a little more appeasing to those that don’t want to cellar for 20-30 years. You could describe the 2015 as being between 2009 and 2010…and that, folks, is not a bad place to be.

James Suckling, 94-95 Points
This is very fine and elegant GPL with black currant and hints of walnuts, chocolate. Full body, sweet and pretty tannins. Persistent. So polished.

To buy this wine please reply to this email or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability. 

En Primeur - Why buy through IG Wines:

  • We only work with the largest and best financed negociants in Bordeaux
  • We guarantee delivery of all wines purchased en primeur
  • We are owned one third by a large family office and very well-financed
  • Since our foundation in 2011 we have grown our client base to over 1,500 private clients in ten different countries

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders:

  • Bottles (12x75cl or 6x75cl) – No Charge
  • Halves (12×37.5cl or 24×37.5cl) – £12.00 per case
  • Magnums (6x150cl or 3x150cl) – £7.00 per case
  • Double Magnums (3 x 300cl) – £50.00 per case
  • Imperials (1 x 600cl) – £25.00 each