Grand Puy Lacoste 2005
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Tasting Notes and Scores
-Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No 7
The brilliant 2005 Grand-Puy-Lacoste exhibits classic Pauillac aromas and flavors of creme de cassis along with stony/floral notes. Proprietor Xavier Borie has created a wine that should rival the brilliant 1982, 1990, 1996, and 2000. Full-bodied with sweet tannin and superb length (a 40+ second finish), the purity of this beauty’s black currant fruit is something to behold. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030.
The Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2005 has a brilliant, classic pencil-lead nose that is Pauillac through and through. There is no messin’ about here. The palate is very well defined with wonderful acidity, great depth of black fruit with an astonishingly precise finish that just takes your breath away. Is it the best 2005 of the vintage? Not quite, but it belongs in the top tier. And factor in value for money, I would be happy sitting on a big pile of this in my cellar to drink over the rest of my lifetime and the afterlife if that exists too.
Was I being mean when I garlanded Xavier Borie’s Pauillac with a paltry 97-points? This is an exceptional Pauillac: strict and correct on the nose with graphite, cedar and crushed stone, masculine and stoic but with the clarity of a First Growth. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry, lazer-like precision with touches of pencil-lead on the profound finish. I rest my case and given the price, unbeatable value. Tasted November 2011. 97
Dark, brick-rimmed red; fine, oak tinged, cedary nose, stylish early bouquet; very nicely balanced, rich middleweight Pauillac, fresh in acidity, firm but fine in tannin; crisp and savoury ripe red fruit flavour, spicy, long, gently muscular and with fine aromatic length; distinctive and classy, attractive already, even better with a few years more. Very fair value. 2018-30+