1998 - Ch Grand Puy Lacoste 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2016 - 2036
Case size
12x75cl
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1998 CH GRAND PUY LACOSTE 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2016 - 2036
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,076.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2018,
    Score: 91

    The 1998 Grand Puy Lacoste replicates previous showings of this wine at 20 years of age. It has a clean and precise bouquet with blackcurrant, graphite, heather and light raspberry coulis aromas that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, finely balanced, perhaps just a touch of greenness around that edges although that merely lends freshness. This is a not deep or structured Grand Puy Lacoste, quite saline towards the finish with moderate length. This is drinking now and will continue to do so for another 15 years or more. Drink: 2018 - 2035

  • NM

    Neal Martin, August 2016,
    Score: 92

    Tasted at the château, the 1998 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has really developed in commendable fashion in recent years. It had a striking bouquet with intense blackberry, wild strawberry and graphite scents, a vivacious bouquet that is less austere than other vintages. The palate is very well balanced with a smooth texture. Like the aromatics, I feel this is more approachable because its backbone is not as "stiff". The salinity on the finish tempts you back for another sip of this hidden gem of late-nineties Bordeaux. Tasted July 2016. Drink 2016-2036

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 1999,
    Score: 87-89

    No Cabernet Franc was used in the final blend of Grand-Puy-Lacoste (70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot). Sixty-eight percent of the total production was utilized in this attractive effort. Soft, round, and gentle, it possesses a noteworthy blackberry/cassis character, and is ideal for consuming over the next 10-12 years. It is ripe, fruity, medium-bodied, and round. Drink: now-2011.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2000,
    Score: 89-90

    This wine has improved significantly in cask, now exhibiting a dense purple color as well as high but sweet tannin. Essence of cassis liqueur is the predominant aroma. That component follows through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and rich, this wine will require 5-6 years of cellaring after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2017.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2001,
    Score: 90

    The 1998 reveals a classic creme de cassis-scented nose along with powerful, tight, firmly-structured flavors. While moderate tannin is present, there is more than enough extract and depth behind the tannin to support the enthusiastic rating. However, this wine needs 3-4 more years of cellaring, and should keep for 16-18 years. This is a top-flight claret. Drink 2004-2019

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Producer

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Grand Puy Lacoste sits on top of one of the steepest slopes in Pauillac, a whole 16 metres above the main flatlands! Hardly Himalayan, but the extra 16 metres of pebble-enriched soil results inparticularly excellent drainage. François-Xavier Borie is at the helm of this very impressive château which was purchased in 1978 from Monsieur Dupin.

Region

Pauillac

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.