2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

SKU #1114483 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A full 80% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of 2009, giving it an unmistakably Pauillac character in terms of its dense tannins, and its pencil lead, slate character. Power and finesse abound, with a pulse of electricity and a softening from smoked oak on the finish. One of the best Grand-Puy-Lacostes delivered under owner François-Xavier Borie. Tasting utterly gorgeous right now. Still young at 11 years old, as you would hope from a classified Pauillac. (JA) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I loved the 2009, and like most 2009s, it has a ripe, sexy, yet still classic style that's evolving gracefully, with ample darker currant and black cherry fruits as well as tobacco leaf, cedar pencil, truffly earth, and spice box-like nuances. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, with plenty of mid-palate depth and tannins, it's going to continue drinking brilliantly for another two decades. It needs an hour in a decanter if drinking any time soon. Inner quote mark (11/2021)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Dark and delicately spicy this is a very complete medium-full bodied 2009 that's not a jot too ripe or too firm. Beautiful balance through the long polished finish. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Grand Puy Lacoste is one of the great vintages from this estate in the modern era. It storms from the glass with scents of blackberry, undergrowth, cedar and mint, retaining the classicism of GPL. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity. Very harmonious with a gorgeous, lithe, graphite infused finish that lingers in the mouth. Bon vin. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A complex, dusty tannin wine, layering smoky wood and black fruits with a the firmest dry character. Very intense, rich, dense and potentially powerful. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is a step up, with ample black currant confiture and roasted fig notes allied to a racy graphite and iron spine. Very sleek through the finish, despite its heft, with a long finish filled with cassis bush and tobacco. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2009 Grand-Puy-Lacoste opens with a nose of sweaty leather, damp earth, baked cherries and dried mulberries with touches of fried herbs, black olives and cast iron pan. Medium-bodied, firm and chewy, this is a more elegantly styled 2009 with provocative herbal sparks and a ferrous finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very sweet start. Herbal and interesting. Lots of fine tannin and savour. Very distinctive and ambitious. Slight saltiness. Massive. Long. *Good Value* 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2019)


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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2013 | Send Email
I think the wines produced in 2009 and 2010 by this Château are amazing. The 2009 had graphite, black tea and currant on the nose, and there were so many layers to this wine that it continued to show over the hours (and two days later) the same graphite and black tea, plus flinty, rocky minerality, currants, garrigue and cedar. There is a refinement to the structure and mouthfeel of this wine. Just wait until the 2010!

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2013 | Send Email
People are often surprised when I tell them that my favorite 5th Growth Pauillac is not Lynch Bages but rather its close neighbor Grand-Put-Lacoste. Currants,blackberries,cedar,graphite,earth and mineral meld effortlessly in this sleek and powerful wine where the copius fruit is held at bay by the sheer structure. Wine this balanced is difficult to resist but this classic will greatly reward several years of bottle age and could be cellared for well over a decade.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2013 | Send Email
This blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc is brooding, backward Pauillac for the long haul. The nose is extraordinary; lead pencil, black currant and high class gravelly earth are all in harmony. On the palate the wine is tense, packed and unyielding. The finish is powerfully tannic but also powerfully complex, hinting at the bright future that this wine has. This wine is from the old school, and is not a 2009 to open early, but the patient will be rewarded, as this Grand-Puy-Lacoste has the structure to unfold like the 1982 has. I am happy to see that wines like this are still being made in Bordeaux.
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