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Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2023

Format : a case of 6 bottles (0.75 L)

€48.33 / bottle (0.75 L)

JS (96-100)

Assemblage 2023

Merlot 23%, Cabernet Sauvignon 77%

In-Stock En-Primeur (delivery in early 2026)

290,00 

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Subregion

Pauillac

Winery

Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Vintage

2023

Color

Red

Bottle size

0.75 L

Format

a case of 6 Bottles (0.75 L)

Description Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2023

Harvest Dates Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2023: Manual, from September 11 to 28, 2023

Aging: In French oak barrels (fine grain), 75% of which are new

The 2023 vintage can be described as “2 in 1” due to its contrasts and complexity. This year presented a challenging growing season, which kept our winemakers on their toes. Despite these challenges, meticulous vineyard work resulted in wines of great power and elegance. The “2 in 1” nature is evident in the distinct characteristics of the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which seemed to have grown in different seasons.

At blending tastings, the Merlot wines showed characteristics of a very hot, dry vintage, with high concentration, while the Cabernet Sauvignon wines exhibited traits of a classic vintage, with good ripeness and more freshness. The precise blending of these grape varieties resulted in a harmonious and promising wine.

The season began with a rather wet winter, replenishing soil water reserves, while temperatures remained within seasonal averages. In early March, temperatures rose rapidly, leading to an early budburst on March 31, the same as in 2022. Flowering also started early, with the first blossoms appearing in late May to early June.

Spring’s alternating hot and humid weather required utmost precision and vigilance to prevent disease. Thanks to our careful vineyard management and precise knowledge of our plots, we kept risks at bay. The first green berries appeared as early as July 15, with mid-veraison occurring at the end of July, progressing at an unusually fast pace. Our vines have adapted well to these climatic conditions. For example, the Merlot vines, which were 100% ripe by July 31, handled the heat wave of August 18 remarkably well, having already reached near-complete ripeness. The summer was marked by drought, with no rainfall in August and high temperatures. Rainfall finally arrived on September 21, but we had already started harvesting Merlot on September 11, ensuring rich and concentrated vats.

The “grand” Cabernet Sauvignons, destined for the grand vin blend, were harvested before September 21, achieving optimal ripeness for our terroir. These wines are classic, elegant, with notes of blackcurrant and pepper, and plenty of freshness. This vintage showcases the magic of blending different grape varieties and plots, reflecting the experience of our entire team.

As usual, Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2023 is composed predominantly of Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), which provides a harmonious and dense structure, highlighting the expression and potential of its terroir. The wine’s deep purple-red color is intense and brilliant. The bouquet reveals aromas of blackcurrant, spices, particularly pepper, and black fruit, complemented by a lovely mineral freshness and a hint of graphite. On the palate, the attack is precise and straightforward. This 2023 vintage has excellent balance and freshness, with a long finish supported by powerful, mellow tannins. Once again, this fine vintage expresses the great terroir of Grand-Puy-Lacoste in all its richness, complexity, and elegance, promising to be one of the estate’s great successes, renowned for the consistent quality of its wines year after year.

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