Bordeaux 2009 Release: Grand-Puy-Lacoste

One of the first of the bigger names to release in this vintage, Grand-Puy-Lacoste marks the beginning of what is likely to be a busy week. Having swiftly sold out of our first allocation, we were pleased to be able to secure some additional stock.

Managed by Xavier Borie (older brother of Bruno Borie of Ducru-Beaucaillou), this property regularly produces Pauillac of the highest quality and this vintage is no exception. Refined and understated, this impressed us greatly with its subtle minerality and attractive, fragrant fruit.

2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Cru Classé Pauillac
£576 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Near opaque in the glass, the aromas exude dark, soft-skinned berry fruit. Full and ripe, with a floral lift, this is deceptively dense Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Expansive, soft-textured and with well-veiled fine, sweet tannins, which add a silky refinement to an already complex character that offers notes of graphite and cedar. This carries its weight well, leading to a dry, savoury, long finish. A very impressive vintage. Drinking: 2015-2028

 Robert Parker: 91-93 (Wine Advocate 188)

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