Always a favorite among consumers, Xavier Borie’s is a fifth-growth Pauillac that consistently performs at a much higher level. The 2012 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has the classic, tell-tale crème de cassis as well as some bluer fruits and floral notes. Medium-bodied, its ripe tannin, beautiful fruit and low acidity give it an up-front appeal. There’s no harm in drinking it now or cellaring it for another 12-15+ years. Drink: 2015-2030.
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (218), April 2015|
Aromas of tobacco leaf, roasted herbs and red and black currants cascade from the glass of this medium-bodied, restrained, down-sized 2012 Grand Puy Lacoste. Displaying a dark ruby/purple color and no herbaceousness, this lighter-styled wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1999 and 2001. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
|Score: 87/89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
Tasted en primeur at the château. The Grand Puy Lacoste 2012 is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot picked between 3rd and 16th October at 36hl/ha and matured in 75% new oak. The aromatics are reticent at first, demand coaxing from the glass. It reluctantly offers blackberry, small dark cherries and a fragrant seaweed scent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins that appear fully ripe. There is a very attractive symmetry to this wine, wonderful focus with a fresh, refined finish that is not powerful like the 2009 or 2010, but offers a pleasant salty tang. This is a well crafted wine for the vintage. Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
This is very muscular with blackcurrant, blueberry and mineral character. Full and tight now but this shows a serious backbone of tannins and length. Try in 2018.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015|
Extremely well done for the vintage with a serious depth of fruit and firm, silky tannins. Creamy texture and a mineral, dark fruit character
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013|
Xavier Borie consistently makes one of the finest and most classic of all Pauillacs here. 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. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. This is a classic Pauillac with bright red cherry and cassis fruit. A whiff of smoky tar and cigar box on the nose. The palate is polished and round with a good weight of fruit and fine, ripe tannins. There is great precision, purity and focus.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
Well-built, with a charcoal frame that melds nicely with steeped
currant, blackberry paste and dark plum fruit flavors. The long finish
has a graphite underpinning. Best from 2018 through 2030.
|Score: 93||James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), Wine Spectator Insider, January 2015|
The nose has the freshness of cherry with behind lots of blackcurrant. Sweet fruit gives richness and suppleness on the palate the black fruits underpinned by liquorice and coffee beans. Bramble freshness gives a lighter more elegant feel to the finish. 2020-35.
|Score: 92/94||Derek Smedley MW, April 2013|
GPL is one of those châteaux that delights its followers year after year without ever getting
the recognition it deserves from American critics. This is typical of the style, with the
emphasis on grace and balance, chiseled acidity, medium-weight tannins, pure cassis fruit
and a nuanced, sweet finish.
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013|