Grand Puy Lacoste 2008


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Tasting Notes

The 2008 has a lovely, lifted bouquet of blackberry, blood orange, crushed stone, cedar and tar. It is much more vigorous than the previous bottle. The palate is medium-bodied is very supple on the entry with crisp acidity. Smooth and harmonious, the oak needing time to subsume into the fabric of the wine. The finish is fresh, vibrant, nicely poised with good grip and a fine, supple raspberry and briary.

Score: 92Neal Martin,, June 2012

Unsmoked cigar tobacco intermixed with plums, red and black currants presented in an evolved style characterize this dark plum/garnet-colored effort. Medium-bodied, delicious and evolved, it is best consumed over the next 10-12 years.

Score: 89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Not a blockbuster such as the 2005 or 2000, the 2008 Grand Puy Lacoste is an elegant, deep ruby/purple-tinged, pretty Pauillac offering plenty of red and black currant fruit interwoven with touches of spice box and tobacco leaf characteristics. Fresh acidity, medium body, and a pleasant, long finish with excellent depth as well as ripeness suggest it will be a delicate, finesse styled offering to enjoy over the next 10-15 years

Score: 89/91+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (182), April 2009

The 2008 Grand Puy Lacoste has a very expressive bouquet with blackberry, cedar and graphite notes, quintessentially Pauillac, building in intensity all the time in the glass but remaining "correct". The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin on the entry, more red fruit here than black, good density with a fine bead of acidity. This all leads to a cohesive finish that might be more forward than I expected or would have liked. It is a fine GPL albeit one that feels conservative and does not reach for the stars like other vintages under Xavier Borie. 2019 - 2033

Score: 91Neal Martin,, February 2018

This has a lovely, far more expressive nose than I expected with black cherries, a touch of iodine and violets (redolent of the superlative 2006) with superb definition. Just a faint hint of oyster shells. The palate is full-bodied, fully ripe tannins, a little more rounded than usual but superb depth, a wine that really caresses the palate. Blackberry, a touch of briary and cedar with a dash of vanillary new oak towards the finish. Superb length. Up there with Pichon Lalande. This is a more feminine GPL compared to other vintages, but one imbued with great breeding. Excellent.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin,, April 2009

Mid crimson. Very fresh - less dense than some. A hint of greenness. Light, transparent, and a bit sweet and simple. Not a huge success in 2008. Very light. And the sweetness is a little strange - and atypical.

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2009

The nose is fresh fragrant a mix of bramble and bilberry overlaid by violets but under the
freshness there is richness lots of black cherry and black plum. Ripe tannins give suppleness and
although there is a lot of fruit power the finish has elegance. 2015-2035

Score: 93Derek Smedley MW, November 2012

There is a floral appeal to the nose violets overlaying fragrant bramble and bilberry. The palate is power packed, lots of ripe fruit backed by coffee, dark chocolate and black truffles. Underlying red fruits lighten and give brightness ensuring an elegant twist on the finish

Score: 92/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2009

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