1970 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (high shoulder)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the few wines that was not purchased in the early 1970s (I made a trade - and a good one, for this bottle), this deep, dark ruby-colored wine exhibits good liveliness in its color. The wine reveals the classic cassis, mineral, weedy tobacco, spicy nose of a top Pauillac. Full-bodied, concentrated, and close to full maturity, it is a flavorful, expansive, chewy wine. Although it has been distressingly inconsistent in previous tastings, I am convinced the off bottles had been cooked - undoubtedly by exposure to high temperatures. In this tasting, it was a delicious, outstanding example of the vintage that should continue to drink well for another decade. (RP)
Deep ruby-garnet; fragrant cassis, spice and tar nose; very full, firm and chewy, with concentrated cassis flavor in a very full package.
And Wine Advocate's Neal Martin finds it "fine" in 2011: "Tasted at The Ledbury at the Grand Puy Lacoste dinner. This English merchant (BBR bottling) bottling of the 1970 exhibits fine fruit intensity on the nose given its age with touches of dark plum and iodine, a touch of cherry liqueur in the background. The palate is not complex but there is certainly good weight, leading to a more conservative cedar and tobacco finish that is just a little simplistic given the quality of the vintage. Fine. Tasted September 2011."