2005 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 97
Jeff Leve: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$149.95

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"Has subtle blackberry, licorice and currant on the nose, with hints of mint. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a very pretty texture. Caresses everything. Refined and balanced. A beautiful wine that's hard to keep your hands off now. Best after 2012. 14,165 cases made." (WS)

"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." (WA)

"($95-$100) Medium red. Very ripe aromas of plum and musky brown spices; redder in character and less precise than the 2006. Then big, sweet and plump on the palate, with full, mellow flavors of red berries, tobacco and mocha, plus a light smoked meat note. Finishes with sweet tannins and lingering, fully ripe fruit. This is showing its lush side today and is hiding its underlying structure." (VM)

"A fabulous GPL. Perhaps better than the legendary 1982? It shows laser-guide precision on the palate with aromas of currants, cedar, mint, flowers and chocolate. Full-bodied and extremely finely textured on the palate, lasting for minutes. A joy to drink now. Get some. " (JS)

"This is deep ruby with purple accents. Dark berries, oak and cassis strut their stuff in the nose. This concentrated, deep, full bodied wine is in the process of closing down. In the mouth, a blast of licorice tinged, blackberries with polished tannins is found in the long finish. 94 points - Tasted Jun 20, 2009" (JL)