Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2016
The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is matured in 75% new oak. It has 13.3% alcohol this year. It has an extraordinarily pure bouquet with blackberry, briary, touches of pencil shaving and cedar aromas--quintessential Grand-Puy-Lacoste, basically. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. Gone are the days when this Pauillac was as hard as nails for the first decade. The tannins are nowadays much finer and the acidity lends this tension and plenty of freshness. There is an effortless quality to this Pauillac with wonderful length and such finesse on the finish that you immediately want to go back and re-taste it. Like so many others, this improved with aeration, gaining ever more harmony and precision. What a brilliant wine. It is classic Pauillac to its core. 2024 - 2050.
Country/Region: France, Pauillac
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 79%, Merlot 21%
Bottle Size: 750ml
Robert Parker: 95-97 /100