Tasted at the chateau, the 1998 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has really developed in commendable fashion in recent years. It had a striking bouquet with intense blackberry, wild strawberry and graphite scents, a vivacious bouquet that is less austere than other vintages. The palate is very well balanced with a smooth texture. Like the aromatics, I feel this is more approachable because its backbone is not as "stiff". The salinity on the finish tempts you back for another sip of this hidden gem of late-nineties Bordeaux. Tasted July 2016. Aug 2016, www.robertparker.com
The 1998 reveals a classic creme de cassis-scented nose along with powerful, tight, firmly-structured flavors. While moderate tannin is present, there is more than enough extract and depth behind the tannin to support the enthusiastic rating. However, this wine needs 3-4 more years of cellaring, and should keep for 16-18 years. This is a top-flight claret. Wine Advocate.April, 2001
Attractive floral and berry aromas follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a delicately fruity finish. Light center palate.¿'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. 15,000 cases made. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2009.