Grand Puy Lacoste 1996

IMG_3897Tasting Note:

Ruby red with some slight bricking at the edges. The nose is a treat, which continued to evolve over the 3 hour decant. Bold dark fruits, leather, cigarbox, and hints of barnyard, bell pepper, and soy sauce. This was just bursting with fruit. Silky mouthfeel and full-bodied. Soft, round tannins and a nice acidic backbone. Medium finish. This wine seems like it is just entering its prime drinking window, and would guess 10-15 years left. Compared to the ’96 Pontet-Canet and Pichon Baron, this wine seems to have more longevity and structure.

About Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste:

Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste is one of the oldest properties in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. The grounds of the chateau are known for their beautiful gardens and lake, complete with swans. in 1855, it was classified as a Fifth Growth chateau.

Three Interesting Facts:

  1. ‘Puy’ is a geological French term meaning ‘volcanic hill.’
  2. In 1978, Jean-Eugene Borie of Ducru-Beaucaillou acquired half of the shareholdings of Grand-Puy-Lacoste, as the owner Raymond Dupin had no one to inherit the property. When Dupin died in 1980, Borie then became the sole owner.
  3. This is one of the more popular non-first growth chateaux in China, known as the ‘alligator wine,’ referring to the Lacoste clothing brand.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

Aging Potential: 2030


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