2009 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Year: 2009
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 88-91
Jeff Leve: 93
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$89.95
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"This is a step up, with ample black currant confiture and roasted fig notes allied to a racy graphite and iron spine. Very sleek through the finish, despite its heft, with a long finish filled with cassis bush and tobacco. Best from 2013 through 2025." (WS)

"Performing better from bottle than it did from cask (and comparable to their wines 2005, 2000, 1990 and 1982), this is a great classic from Xavier Borie’s estate situated on the back roads west of the town of Pauillac. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by hints of spring flowers, crushed rocks, black currants, cedar and earth/underbrush. Precise and elegant as well as backward and foreboding, it should put on weight in the bottle and evolve for two decades. Very concentrated as well as velvety-textured, it is a beauty of finesse, balance, purity and nobility. It will benefit from 5-7 more years of bottle age." (WA)

"(80% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot and 2% cabernet franc; pH 3.72; 75 IPT; 70% new oak) Purple ruby. Smoky blackberry, blueberry juice, chocolate and a whiff of iron on the nose. With air, this became silky, pliant and rather easygoing, with good depth to the flavors of small dark berries and flint. Finishes with creamy tannins, good vinosity and sneaky length. Almost too easy to drink presently: should it develop more complexity, weight and depth, my score will look ungenerous." (IWC)

"2009 Grand Puy Lacoste is ruby colored, with an open nose of jammy dark berries, cassis, herbs, and coffee. The wine ends with cassis and black cherry flavors. Although a nice style of Grand Puy Lacoste, the wine lacks the depth and concentration found in the top vintages like 82, 90, 96, 00 and 05. Because Grand Puy Lacoste is difficult to pronounce in Chinese, the wine is known as the “Crocodile Wine” in Asia because of the association with the Lacoste name and the bottle and the logo used by the sportswear company." (JL)

"Complex and decadent. Blackberries and black currants, with fresh herbs on the nose. Tea too. Full body, with soft tannins and an earthy finish. Juicy wine. Turns to pure black currants. Best in 2018." (JS)

ONE OF THE BEST 2009 GRAND CRU BORDEAUX, FOR UNDER $90 2009 CHATEAU GRAND-PUY-LACOSTE, Grand Cru PAUILLAC

Let me begin by saying that I firmly hold, that the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux is one of the greatest vintages I have ever experienced, a vintage on the par with the best wines of 1961, 1959, 1947, 1945, 1929 and even 1900. Moreover, this implies to both the left and right bank vineyards.

While the first growths are, well over a $1200 a bottle (Latour and Lafite are near $2,000 and Petrus is now at the “science-fiction” price of nearly $5,000). However, there are some non-first growths that are bargains and among those, selling for under $90 a bottle is this Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste. A wine rated a fifth growth Grand Cru in the 1855 classification, and one of the two Pauillac fifth growths that today rank with the second growths (the other being Chateau Lynch Bages).

Pardon me again from quoting from the Wine Advocate. Though this time, citing Robert Parker himself (to me still the best of the Bordeaux critics) and I find myself in full agreement when he gives the wine a 95 and states, this 2009 is, “A great classic from Xavier Borie’s estate situated on the back roads west of the town of Pauillac. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed (sic) by hints of spring flowers, crushed rocks, black currants, cedar and earth/underbrush. Precise and elegant as well as backward and foreboding, it should put on weight in the bottle and evolve for two decades. Very concentrated as well as velvety-textured, it is a beauty of finesse, balance, purity and nobility. It will benefit from 5-7 more years of bottle age.” I would like to add that to me it’s the best (if not even better) then the Chateau’s excellent 1982.

Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste covers roughly 125 acres, comprised of three almost equal size separate parcels. Production is around 18,000 cases per year, including its second wine Locoste-Boire. The cepage is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. It is a very old estate (by Haut-Medoc standards) probably dating back to the early 1500’s. The Boire family of Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou purchased the chateau in 1987. Under both the new and former proprietor it has been known for decades to produced rich polished and concentrated wines with appealing almost noble tannins and classical Cabernet fruit particularly cherries and black currants.

RATING: 95/97 PRICE $89.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)