1995 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Unbelievably rich, multidimensional, broad-shouldered wine, with slightly more elegance and less weight than the powerhouse 1996, this gorgeously proportioned, medium to full-bodied, fabulously ripe, rich, cassis-scented and flavored Grand-Puy-Lacoste is another beauty. It should be drinkable within 4-5 years, and keep for 25-30. This classic Pauillac is a worthy rival to the other-worldly 1996.
Beautiful aromas of currant, plum and spice. Full-bodied, with a wonderful concentration of fruit, yet silky, racy and beautiful. (Web-2007)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby-red. Ripe, expressive nose combines cassis, roasted plum and coconut. Supple, very concentrated and large-scaled; actually rather backward today even if the terrific ripeness is clear to see. Quintessential firm Pauillac backbone is covered by flesh. Will rely more on its tongue-dusting tannins than its acidity to age in bottle.
Blackish crimson. Sweet, ripe start with even a hint of milk chocolate on the nose. Fresh start. Not the purest expression of Pauillac. Just a tad New Worldy. But it certainly has appeal.
With all the hype surrounding the Wine Spectator's wine of the year (Ducru Beaucaillou), it's no wonder that Grand-Puy-Lacoste has been so incredibly popular and delicious. Jean-Eugene Borie owns and controls both Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Ducru Beaucaillou. The 1995 vintage was awesome in both Pauillac and St. Julien, and if you'd prefer not to spend the money it will now take to purchase Ducru Beaucaillou (if you can find it), then the wise choice is this sensational wine. Neal Martin writes: "Tasted at The Ledbury at the Grand Puy Lacoste dinner. Contrasting the 1995 against the 1996, the delicious 1995 is probably drinking sooner. The nose is delightful with fine delineation: crisp red berried fruit, raspberry and wild strawberry interlaced with cedar and mint. The palate is well defined with a great sense of tension and vigour. Very fine, crisp tannins married with lively red fruits that want to leap out of the glass. There are hints of tobacco and cedar towards the finish that shows fine persistency, if not the complexity of other vintages. Simply delicious to drink. Tasted September 2011." 92 points (Wine Journal, Jan 2012)