NEW 2022 BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR RELEASE - Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

NEW 2022 BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR RELEASE - Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

2022 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac

£358 per 6 bottle case in bond 

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste was released this morning at £358 per 6 bottle case in bond.
 
Please see below for my note as well as those from Neal Martin, William Kelley, Jane Anson and Antonio Galloni:

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2022 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac
£358 per 6 bottle case in bond

My note:

This is surely one of the most exciting vintages for GPL in some time, and that is saying something. I don’t know if it is on account of the elevated Merlot content (21%), but this is special. Deep in the glass, revealing aromatics of juicy red/black fruit, violet and graphite. The palate reveals stunning purity, with cedary and tobacco leaf notes adding to the ripe, rich berry fruit – the tannins are perfectly ripe, so fine-grained, lending a velvety, cushioned mouthfeel. This is a superb vintage for GPL without a doubt – it shows little of the austerity that young vintages from this Château often show. The finish is all cassis and spice, underscored by those graphite-like nuances. A rich Pauillac, that boasts a wealth of fruit, beautifully expressed tannins, and fine freshness. Simply stunning. (SL) Drink 2028-2055.
 
96-98 points, Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2022 Grand Puy Lacoste was picked from 7 to 23 September and contains more Merlot due to the high quality of the fruit, matured in 75% new oak. There is 14.2% alcohol. Therefore, this lends this GPL a little more precocity and sensuality compared to other vintages, not cut from the same "classical" cloth as, say, the 2019 or 2020. Underlying this velvety veneer are enticing traits of freshly-rolled tobacco and undergrowth. The palate is medium-bodied with finely-sculpted tannins. Silky smooth in texture, so much so that it belies that backbone underneath. There is a peacock's tail of mineral-rich, quite peppery black fruit on the finish, completing a Pauillac endowed with huge potential. Drink 2030-2065
    

95-97 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot, the 2022 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a brilliant classic in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of dark berries, violets and pencil shavings, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated palate that exhibits beautiful structural refinement and purity of fruit. Classy and integrated, it is somewhat reminiscent of a modern-day and less forbiddingly structured version of this estate's brilliant 1982.
 
96 points, Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

Inky depths to the colour. Violet edging, bitter black chocolate and graphite, can feel the grain of the tannins, and the beautiful balance and juice to damson, cassis and plum puree fruits. Captures just the right amount of drama without sacrificing Pauillac character, this is a wine that is clearly going to age extremely well, with depth of flavour and rich tannic frame that shows how 2022 can succeed in the right hands. 75% new oak, 3.57ph. Harvest earliest ever, beginning on September 7 (2003 was September 15), 60% of production in the 1st wine, Eric Boissenot consultant. 38hl/h yield, a little over the Pauillac average.
 
92-94+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2022 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a very pretty wine. Forward and quite showy, the 2022 comes across as a wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Succulent dark cherry, plum, leather, incense and dried herbs are nicely delineated. There’s good complexity and depth, but it is the radiance of the year that is front and center. Hints of blood orange, pomegranate, spice and a pretty rose petal/violet note linger. Drink 2030-2052


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All the best,

Simon 

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