Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2016 - A.O.C Pauillac
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The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste gives up pure kirsch and red and black currants with violets and baking spices. Medium-bodied, firm and grainy, it's very expressive with good concentration and length.
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A lively style, with lots of briar and tobacco notes out front, backed by punchy plum and black currant paste flavors. Has a shot of sweet tobacco lining the finish, with echoes of savory and hints of iron giving this range and length. Best from 2023 through 2038. 10,000 cases made.
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This is all about the finish with a sweet-tobacco, berry and light milk-chocolate character. Full body, very fine tannins and a juicy finish. Love the intensity and finesse at the end. Lots of energy. Could better the exquisite 2014.
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This has a spicy, almost toasted edge, perfectly balanced depth and a retraction of the tannins through the mid-palate that springs back again on the finish. This vintage sees the addition of 15 new small 80hl stainless steel vats in the cellar, allowing for more precision during fermentation. There is plenty of hidden power going on in this wine, with a tannin index of 79IPT, similar to the 2010. The silky tannins make this large-structured wine deceptive right now, but it is extremely well handled, particularly in the teasing out of mineral, wet stone touches flicking through the dark berry fruits. I expect it will close down a little more than some this year.
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79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot. Harvested 28 September to 13 October. 45 hl/ha. Very dark crimson. Very ripe and fresh. Pretty glorious expression of the vintage on the nose. Slightly dry finish but really very energetic and may be a fairly good buy. Slightly dry on the end – very British claret!
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Le 2016 n'a rien perdu de son charme. C'est un vin absolument délicieux, porté par une matière dense mais raffinée et des tannins de grande délicatesse. Une référence pour le cru.
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One of the successes of the vintage, the Grand-Puy-Lacoste is fabulous. Racy, forward and incredibly inviting, the 2016 makes a strong first impression and then never lets up. Sweet red cherry, blood orange, white pepper and floral notes give the wine its brightness and aromatic nuance. Deep, fleshy and utterly exquisite on the palate, yet light on its feet, the 2016 exudes finesse. The flavors are remarkably vivid, but in the end, it is the wine's sublime balance that places it among the highlights of the vintage. Don't miss it!
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The Grand-Puy-Lacoste estate covers 90 hectares, 58 of which are planted, harmoniously distributed around the Château without interruption. Since its takeover by the Borie family in 1978, the Grand-Puy-Lacoste vineyard has been patiently planted and today The balance between the young vines and the oldest is fully established (average age 38 years). The estate is planted with 75% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Cabernet-Sauvignon is the noble grape par excellence, which forms the backbone of Grand-Puy-Lacoste wines. The other two varieties allow nuance of the blends to accentuate the typicality of the vintage.

Grand-Puy-Lacoste fervently practices a reasoned culture: in twenty years, treatments have halved. No insecticide has been used for the past ten years, wildlife has regained its rights. The work of the land has always been exclusively mechanical: plowing, no herbicide, double Guyot pruning. The high density of the plantations is a quality factor. At Grand-Puy-Lacoste, it is 10,000 feet per hectare, or one foot per square meter.

Dans les chais

For François-Xavier Borie and his team, mastering the techniques only makes sense if it is at the service of the expression of the terroir. The vatting methods are classic, controlled with extreme rigor, in an equipped winery of the latest technologies. The 43 thermo-regulated vats, of different capacities, allow high precision work, which respects the typicity of the plots. The vatting period lasts approximately three weeks. The grapes ferment first for eight to ten days. Grand-Puy-Lacoste favors soft extractions, with temperatures of 28 ° C. Daily pumping-over promotes the progress of the alcoholic fermentation and the passage of phenolic compounds in the wine. Maceration continues for about ten days to complete this extraction. During this phase, the temperature is rigorously controlled and adapted to each tank according to the potential of the grapes. Then comes the malolactic fermentation, which stabilizes the wine and decreases its acidity, which makes it gain in suppleness and roundness. The philosophy of Grand-Puy-Lacoste: accompanying nature while carefully monitoring it, adapting the most finely possible in the profile of each vintage by infinitely modulating the "signature" of the Château. The techniques, even the most sophisticated, would be nothing without the spirit that directs them: repeated tastings are the best guide for the conduct of winemaking.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Grand Puy Lacoste
  • Type of wine
    Fifth Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    58 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    38 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    75% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2026 and 2048
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Pauillac is made with a vineyard that has an area of 58 hectares by Château Grand Puy Lacoste. The average age of the vines is 38 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 75% of new barrels.


The Pauillac appellation is located on the left bank of the Gironde and brings together exceptional climatic and geological conditions, which allows it to produce very great wines. Capital of the Médoc viticole, the port city of Pauillac gave its name to the appellation. The AOC can boast of having three wines in the first five classified growths of 1855: Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. On its 1,200 ha of vines, Pauillac produces 54,000 hl of red wines each year. Note that Mouton-Rothschild also produces a white wine.
Pauillac is a jewel of the Médoc, it indeed has 18 classified growths which represent 85% of its production. Perched on a beautiful rump of gravels, its terroir is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon assembled with Merlot and to a lesser extent with Petit Verdot and Malbec.