Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2011
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Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2011

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Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2011's color is a deep and intense red. The bouquet releases the typical aromas of black fruits and blackcurrant with added spices. The attack on the palate is pronounced, showing a structure that is both elegant and balanced. All together the wine allies finesse, freshness and persistence.

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Tasting notes

Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2011 owes its structure and style, yet again, to a significant majority of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) which reflects the richness and potential of our terroir. Its color is a deep and intense red. The bouquet releases the typical aromas of black fruits and blackcurrant with added spices. The attack on the palate is pronounced, showing a structure that is both elegant and balanced. All together the wine allies finesse, freshness and persistence. We find this wine very much in the idiom of the fine vintages of Grand-Puy-Lacoste where elegance aligns with tannins which are both ripe and suave.

Total vineyard surface

90 hectares around the Château

Vineyard surface under production

55 hectares in one block around the Château

Average age of the vines

38 years old

Soil - Terroir

Very deep coarse gravel

Vineyard grape varieties

75% Cabernet Sauvignon - 20% Merlot - 5% Cabernet Franc

Density of planting

10 000 vines/hectares

Rootstock

Riparia gloire & 101.14

Growing of the vines

Mechanical ploughing of the soil Viticulture practices: Spraying kept to the absolute effective minimum

Harvest

Exclusively hand picked

Grape sorting

Two successive selections before and after the de-stemming process

Vinification

A long period of maceration (about 3 weeks)

Ageing

In French oak barrels (75% new barrels each vintage) for between 16 to 18 months depending on the vintage.

The Style

Among Pauillac's wines, Grand-Puy-Lacoste is considered "a great classic", capable of aligning its consistent character with the spirit of each vintage.

Wines are the expression of their terroir, their climate and their grapes, but they also carry the 

mark of those who made it. So while showing the utmost respect for the gifts of nature, François-Xavier Borie will proudly refer to Grand-Puy-Lacoste's "signature", which is clearly evident in vertical tastings.

The wines have a beautiful, deep color, the aromas are very pure and complex, subtle and refined. Depending on the vintage, one's first impression may be of ripe fruit or flowers, often toasted notes, spice and vanilla... With time it develops a remarkably full, rich character.

In the mouth one is struck by its elegant individuality from the very first impression through the last moments of a finish which affords continual and subtly changing pleasure. The flavors support and amplify its aromatic sensations with a notably large range of fruit, particularly cassis which develops with age. The wines are well-built, with a powerful tannic structure which never loses its silky smoothness.

The fourth dimension of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is time. By nature a wine for long ageing, it needs

between eight and ten years to reveal its full potential, bringing power and harmony together. Each vintage fully develops after a period corresponding to its profile. "Patience is rewarded with complex aromas of dried fruit, Havana tobacco and cedar wood, smooth tannins and an exceptionally long aromatic finish" Markus del Monego, world's best sommelier in 1998.


 
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Data sheet

Vintage
2011
Colour
Red
Volume
75cl
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Appelation
Pauillac
Main grape variety
78% Cabernet Sauvignon - 22% Merlot
Pairings
red meats - game - poultry
Notes
raspberry - blackberry - cherry - cedar
Owner
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Rating
WS91 TA95
Alcohol by volume
13%
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