Tasted out of two bottles, both good fills. Very fragile corks, only one removed intact. Classic nose of forest floor, tobacco, impressive fruit for the age/vintage and very good complexity. Excellent mature claret.
While the 1981 Grand Puy Lacoste isn't going to make anyone forget the 1982, it is nonetheless an outstanding success in this underrated vintage, with an expressive and complex bouquet of blackcurrant, pencil shaving and gravelly soil tones, a solid core of fruit and a totally classic, medium-bodied palate impression. From a cold cellar this seamless Pauillac has an easy decade of prime-time drinking ahead of it.
Upper half of cork was fine, but bottom 50% was saturated and a big wet chunk had to be pushed into the wine. Garnet-mature in color, with berries and bandaids on the palate. Clearly on the downhill side of the peak with more acid than fruit, but acceptably and enjoyably so for a 33 year old Paulliac.
Reviewing my last note from more than six years ago, I think I might have been doing this wine a slight disservice; is it possible it has improved since then? The only old thing about the bottle is the label, which had endured some abuse over the years; the contents not so much it seems. The cork emerged entire and firm, the lower half suitably darkly stained. The color in the glass was a brilliant ruby and hardly any fading around the rim. Extraordinary. Beautiful perfumed aroma: all that cedary wood, berries. Beautiful finesse on the palate, notable tart berry fruit continues long into the finish. This wine was made pre-Parker and Rolland and micro-oxidation and all that modern palaver. This begs for tradition.
Upon opening, tea leaves, forest floor, chalk powder, and ripe berries in the nose; showing more berryish notes with more aeration; the palate, surprisingly still tannic and tight at first, but gradually mellowed out with more air time; cassises, chocolate, licorice, soft spices, and tea leaves again; the finish, a bit short in length and dominated by cassises, licorice, and spices; overall, 88-89 points at this stage; quite past its maturity yet reluctant to admit so on the palate.
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(Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac) This is a more densely coloured, purple and more youthful looking wine. New toffee oak on the nose, with blackcurrant fruit. Less expressive than the previous wines. Sweet, ripe and a touch fleshy on the palate. Mouthfilling, medium bodied, with nice tannins and balanced acidity. Despite the soft, opulent midpalate there is a powerful, warming finish which showcases the grainy tannins.