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1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

SKU #1076338 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs. The wine is displaying plenty of tannin, huge body, and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals and subtle oak. Massive, extremely structured, and with 25-30 or more years of longevity, this immensely-styled Grand-Puy-Lacoste will require 7-8 years of patience, perhaps longer. A superb, classic Pauillac. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/1999)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Lots of plum, currant and vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, citrus and fruit aftertaste. (JS, Web Only-2007) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dense and mineral on the nose. Very rich and long and throat-warming – really classic. Rich but not sweet. Very long. An excellent 1996 that is already drinking well. (JR) 18/20 Inner quote mark (4/2010)

K&L Notes

91 points Neal Martin for Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, now at 20 years old, has a very typical bouquet for this estate: correct, linear, well defined, conservative but intense, with pencil shavings, cedar and a subtle balsam aroma. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm structure and well-judged acidity that lends this 1996 impressive focus. It is totally and unashamedly classic in style, austere compared to other Pauillacs from this vintage, the kind of gentleman's claret that should grace a dinner table." (10/2016)


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