Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London and subsequently at the chateau. The 2010 Grand Puy Lacoste has a wonderful bouquet that is reticent at first, probably because it was tasted just three months after bottling. But there is patently great fruit intensity here: blackcurrant and a touch of pomegranate, interwoven with graphite and sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied is underpinned by wonderful freshness and vitality, marrying the austerity of both Pauillac and the vintage, with intense rather than concentrated fruit. It offers stunning definition, the finish quintessential Pauillac - a little aloof, a little aristocratic, but utterly compelling. This will be a benchmark wine for the estate. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
An absolutely magnificent wine from this very popular estate, which sits well off the Route du Vin, just to the southwest of the town of Pauillac, its classic creme de cassis and floral notes are well-displayed. The wine possesses supple tannin, a full body, voluptuous character and a layered, impressively textured mouthfeel. This is a brilliant effort from Grand Puy Lacoste that can be drunk in 4-5 years or cellared for three decades or more.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2013|
The greatest Grand Puy Lacoste since the 2005, 2000 and 1990, the fabulous 2010 reveals all the hallmarks of this estate. It boasts a dense purple color along with classic notes of creme de cassis, blueberries, blackberries, crushed rocks and flowers, sweet tannin and an exceptionally full-bodied and multilayered mouthfeel as well as a boatload of tannin. Cellar it for a decade and drink it over the following three decades. Proprietor Xavier Borie's 2010 recalls the 2005.
|Score: 93/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. There is a strong marine influence on the Grand Puy Lacoste 2010: seaweed and brine infused into the black fruit. It is very well defined and focused, building in intensity in the glass. The palate is silky smooth on the entry - very plush and sensual - with a cashmere texture that indicates some beautifully integrated creamy oak. It fans out wonderfully towards the finish, perhaps a little more modern in style than its peers but still beautifully crafted. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot, the Grand Puy Lacoste '10 has 13.6% alcohol with a total acidity of around 3.5gms/L. It has a very complex bouquet that I leave over 5 minutes to open, developing ripe blackberry, cassis, oyster shell and a faint tang of Japanese nori (seaweed.) Very good complexity. The palate is beautifully balanced, this GPL revelling in this vintage that countenances the Cabernet Sauvignon so much. Very refined, powerful, beautifully focused with an unerring sense of symmetry. This is a magnificent Pauillac…bravo Xavier. Drink 2020- Tasted March 2011.
|Score: 97/99||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
Intense hazelnuts and blackberries on the nose follow through to a full to medium body, with chocolate and berry flavors and firm tannins. Not giving away a lot at the finish at the moment. Reserved and sophisticated. But structured and chewy. Try in 2017.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013|
Lovely aromas already, with currants and blackberries. Full body, with very fine yet dense tannins and a rich finish. Reserved and sophisticated.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
Very deep purple. Notably fresh and lifted. Not the most concentrated 2010 and drier than some but utterly echt and not remotely manipulated. I suspect it needs time for its hidden depths to emerge. Drink 2020 - 2032
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2011|
Xavier Borie consistently makes one of the finest of all Pauillacs here. The track record shows that top vintages such as 1982, 1990, 1996, 2000 and 2005 always produce quite magnificent wines. Frequently GPL is a match for the top names of Pauillac but is usually cheaper en primeur. An extremely reliable property that the canny buyer should consider every year. Much of the fruit is used to make the second wine - Lacoste Borie. This is classic Pauillac made from 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot. A smokey nose of tar and Havana cigars. Gorgeously pure blackcurrent fruit, very precise, very focussed and not over-worked. Fresh acidity combines with ripe, elegant red berry fruit and polished creamy tannins. Classy, under-stated refined and delicious. This is real Pauillac with perfect poise and tannic balance. Xavier Borie says that this is like the 1996 in style but is even better. This is what Bordeaux is all about. Real Claret!
|Score: 17.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
The nose has a rich mix of black fruits at first cassis dominated but behind is black cherry and sloe. There is an attractive spiciness to the fruit mix on the palate just a touch of oak and although the tannins give structure they are ripe and rounded. The back palate has a lovely freshness.
|Score: 92/96||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 97||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|
Still rather reserved, but excellent depth of violetty-irony Pauillac fruit and great length and elegance, a fine classic wine that will repay cellaring over a long period. Drink 2017-35.
|Score: 18||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|