A round, powerful and harmonious red wine from Pauillac
Originating from a vineyard that spans 55 hectares, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a 5th Classified Growth produced in the Pauillac appellation. The vineyards are 38 years old and located on a terroir with deep gravel soil. The ageing of the wine is done in French oak barrels (of which 50% are new) for 16 to 18 months, depending on the vintage. The 1998 vintage of this red wine benefits from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.
The Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1998 presents a pretty ruby red colour. The nose develops an exceptional palette of aromas, in which plenty of ripe blackcurrant and spices appear. The wine reveals generosity in the mouth, showing itself to be ample and distinguished. The wine combines a fruity structure with tannins while maintaining great balance. A persistent ensemble that is powerful, harmonious and round. Charming, it offers a wonderful ageing potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.