83CS 17M A very pretty nose, sweet and high-toned. Very refined and elegant. No pruney fruit, no severe tannin. just seemless and utterly delicious mid-weight claret with an incredibly long, pure finish. Every bit as good as the best of the Second Growths
"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."
Neal MartinScore: 96/100
Lovely aromas already, with currants and blackberries. Full body, with very fine, yet dense tannins and a rich finish. Reserved and sophisticated. Noble tannins. jamessuckling.com
James SucklingScore: 95-96/100
Grand Puy Lacoste 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot were blended to produce a deep colored wine that expresses toasty oak, cassis, coffee, jammy dark berries, tobacco and olive tapenade aromas that pair well with the full-bodied, bite of concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon, spice and cassis. Along with the stellar 2005, this is the best vintage of this wine since the outstanding 2000. winecellarinsider.com
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar InsiderScore: 94-96/100
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. Feb 2013, www.robertparker.com
Robert ParkerScore: 95/100
Subfusc purple depth of colour, hardly a puff of smoky frankincense or mayflower for the nose, but savours of late summer black fruits underlie dusky, musky tannins up to the mid palate. A fairly long aftertaste brings out some minerality from this solid well-structured medium- to full-bodied Pauillac. But generally the tannins have considerably softened and become integrated by mid May. It will lose its reticence by 2020 and fulfil its promise before 2040.
Ivor DaviesScore: 18/20
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. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com
Juicy and still a bit compact, but with red currant, blackberry and roasted vanilla flavors. Shows the racy style of the vintage, with a solid core of fruit for balance. The pure, lengthy finish has nice polish, and this is rock-solid, with a flash of coffee at the end. James Molesworth, winespectator.com
Wine SpectatorScore: 92-95/100
Dramatically intense colour. But both samples I tried were a little bit tired. Sweet start but without great intensity on the mid palate. Very chewy end. Just a bit awkward and unfocused. Correct balance though with good Pauillac character. I’m just a little worried about the freshness of samples... (Stupidly, I had the chance to re-taste this chez Dourthe but was dashing for a plane and missed both it and its stablemate Haut-Batailley. I may well have underestimated this usually very reliable wine.) jancisrobinson.com
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 17/20