Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac 2020
#18 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2023
This full-bodied red builds on the palate in a fantastic way with tight, compact tannins that grow and grow on the finish. Plenty of blackcurrant and graphite character and a flavorful finish. Same level as the excellent 2016.
A tightly coiled Pauillac, with a blitz of iron and savory notes wrapped around a core of cassis, damson plum, and black cherry. Sleek and tightly focused, with the iron note leaving a mouthwatering echo. Plenty tight through the finish, so patience is required. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2028 through 2042.
The 2020 Grand-Puy Lacoste fulfills its promise from the barrel. It has a very sophisticated and complex bouquet with black fruit, pencil shavings, and light estuarine scents, beautifully defined and focused. The palate has real intensity and concentration, the precision being a very intense GPL not unlike the 2016 one with a persistent graphite-infused finish that is just pure finesse. Magnificent.
The 2020 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a more fleshy, textured Pauillac that still plays in the concentrated, focused, structured style of the vintage. Ripe black cherries, currants, toasty oak, chocolate, and tobacco leaf notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, richly textured 2020 that has velvety tannins, good mid-palate depth, and a great finish. Do your best to hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 20-25 years or so.
Enjoyable, powerful, concentrated, not the most generous of GPLs but they have captured the essence of Pauillac, and it's hard to resist. Sappy juicy finish, full of cassis, mint leaf, and pencil lead along the way with a clear tightness to the tannic frame. A yield of 31hl/ha. 75% new oak for barrel aging.