Red

1985 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
Drink between 1999 - 2014 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 69

  • JHSP Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 6, 2021 - Nice fruit - super balanced! Good for the next 5 yrs

  • englishman's claret wrote: 87 points

    November 8, 2020 - The 85 GPL is a relative disappointment with the 82 and 90 being so sublime and the 85 coming across as underripe. There is some lithe currant and plenty of pencil here, but there's a lot of green notes to tackle. Demure, thinnish palate. These are ready pretty much after uncorking and don't really improve over hours in the decanter. Of the four bottles opened today, 3 were representative of this note and one was not obviously corked but alarmingly flat and lactic on the palate.

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  • I'd Rather Be Drinking Wine wrote: 92 points

    July 17, 2020 - Zooming through Some Aged Bordeaux...and loving every minute of it!: Zooming through Bordeaux

    Wines were filtered into jars for transport at around 3:00, transferred from jars to glass around 6:30, and tasted starting at around 7:00. The wines featured for this tasting were:

    - 2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses (starter wine)
    - 1985 Grand Puy Lacoste
    - 1990 Leoville Barton
    - 1995 Lynch Bages
    - 1995 Pichon Lalande
    - 1997 Latour
    - 2001 Suduiraut Sauternes (dessert)

    All wines were excellent, with the exception of the 85 Grand Puy Lacoste, which was slightly corked (unnoticeable to me in the beginning, but quite apparent hours later). My score and ranking are based on initial impressions as I believe that realistically shows the character of the wine (maybe a better bottle would score even higher).

    Groups ratings: WOTN - 1997 Latour; 2nd - 1990 Leoville Barton , and 3rd 1995 Pichon Lalande.
    My ratings: WOTN - 1997 Latour; 2nd - 1995 Pichon Lalande, 3rd - 1990 Leoville Barton and 1985 Grand Puy Lacoste, 5th - 1995 Lynch Bages.

    -- 1985 Grand Puy Lacoste: This wine initially showed true Pauillac characteristics with a big earthy nose, some fruit, tobacco and later some graphite. On the palate was dark fruit and leather, and adding graphite and mushroom with some additional time. The wine had integrated tannins, and showed a lot of earthiness (in a good way) and ended with a medium finish. After the tasting, the wine started to show signs of being corked, and the next morning it was undrinkable. The rating is based on how it performed during the tasting as I believe it is more helpful and indicative of the wine. I believe this wine still has a few years of life, but I do not see it really improving. I would suggest drinking up within the next 2-3 years. 92+ points during the tasting (potentially a little higher, as being corked may have slightly affected its performance in the beginning...however, I do not see this scoring over a 93).

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • galewskj wrote: 93 points

    July 16, 2020 - Virtual Bordeaux: There’s lots of earth and tobacco, some black licorice, and pencil lead. After 2 hours in the glass, evidence of being corked started to come out. It’s amazing that the wine was so expressive initially despite being corked. I did not detect any hint of cork for at least the first 30 minutes, and in fact was loving the tertiary bordeaux characteristics on it. My score is based on the first 30 minutes in glass.

  • rocknroller wrote: 92 points

    July 16, 2020 - Virtual Bordeaux Tasting (Home): Very dark red color with a 7mm transitional margin. Filtered into jars and sealed about 4:30pm, poured into glasses at 6:30pm and drank a glass plus over 3 plus hours. The '85 GPL had a classic Pauillac nose with lots of damp earth up front, tobacco leaf, pencil, leather, dark fruits and some purple flowers. The palate is deep with dark fruits, cassis, plum, very prominent pencil lead, coarse tobacco, silky tannins, charcoal and medium plus finish. As good as this was it was marred by cork taint that got worse through the evening. Fortunately, despite that, you could still appreciate the wine especially early on. I don't think these are in any danger of fading, though it remains to be seen if futher aging would benefical. 91+ to 92pts at peak.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/12/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste) Opaque red violet color; tobacco, cigar box, tart black fruit nose; tasty, tobacco, tart black fruit, olive palate with depth; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • 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
  • UPC Codes 3364420073011, 892283001351

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (2%)
  • In Cellars 258 (53%)
  • Consumed 221 (45%)

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