1990 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 132

  • Ericsson wrote: (94 points)

    July 15, 2017 - Achetée en primeurs, il s'agissait de ma dernière bouteille....mais il me reste un magnum!!
    Into neck, bouchon impeccable. Nez sur les arômes de cassis, encre de Chine, etc
    En fait ma dernière note de dégustation s'applique mot pour mot :)

  • Winemaker51 Likes this wine: (93 points)

    July 1, 2017 - We had a magnum of this wine, which held up beautifully! It took 1 to 2 hours to open up, but boy did it! Some damp earth, tobacco leaf, very slight Brett, but just enough to make it complex. Black cherry fruit throughout and tannins resolved. Just enough fruit remains. Very, Cabernet-Pauillac like. Brilliant expression why Pauillac is Ground Zero for Cabernet in France! Drinkable now, and I would not wait any longer.

  • blanquito wrote: (94 points)

    June 11, 2017 - Starts slowly, but gets real with a little warm up. Cassis, earthy, leather. Deep, smooth, elegant, terrific attack and mouthfeel, great acids and length, wow. Still some tannins on backend, but fully in the zone.

  • Ericsson Likes this wine: (95 points)

    May 11, 2017 - Superbe bouteille achetée en primeur! Into neck, bouchon humide sur 1/10 seulement.
    Pas de passage en carafe cette fois.
    Robe grenat foncé, peu de traces d'évolution.
    Nez sur des arômes de cassis, d'encre de chine, de mine de crayon, très réussi.
    En bouche, le vin est à son apogée, il fait feu de tout bois, avec une longueur incroyable. Tout est en place pour un excellent moment de plaisir.
    Pourquoi pas une note plus élevée? Le vin manque un peu de complexité (p. ex. vs LLC 90 bu il y a quelques semaines) et les tanins pourraient être encore plus fins.
    A boire sur une dizaine d'années.

  • Bordeaux_Jon Likes this wine: (94 points)

    April 30, 2017 - From a half bottle.

    This wine was impressively young tasting, considering it was a half bottle, and compared to the 1990 Mouton tasted the night before. My last encounter with this wine was a little less than 10 years ago and it was a tannic and austere beast, powerful and not much fun to drink. It has definitely come around quite a bit from my half bottle and based on the past few Cellartracker reviews with very high scores.

    At first, the nose was very full of red fruit, cassis, raspberry, and cherry, much like the 2005 I had recently. Perhaps this red fruit blast is a GPL trait? I liked it but was hoping for more complexity and secondary characteristics. Over a few hours, more black fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry emerged with hints of oak, cigar, earth, and pencil lead. Aside from the fruit, the wine was rather austere on the nose, and I'd like to see more of those other traits. If given more time, I feel like they would have emerged although when I tried it again in the morning it hadn't blossomed either and was beginning to tire out.

    The palate was very fruity and intense. Lots of red fruit early on, with black fruit and some oak later. After a couple hours, the tannins began to show. It was certainly better with food and sipping on its own. This is still a big wine, and I can imagine even more so from a full bottle. It is certainly more Parker-styled than the 1990 Mouton. While I liked it, it didn't quite rise to the 95+ point level, though I could see the potential there, perhaps with more time to aerate or perhaps from another bottle. I'm interested to try this again soon and see if the bottle will be as superb as others have said.

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    A Mega 1990 Bordeaux Tasting with Clive, 3/21/2005

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,391 (66%)
  • Consumed 699 (33%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

chocolate, Filet Mignon, grilled Portobello Mushroom., hazelnuts, Lamb, Roast Chicken, roasted vegetables

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