We never would have thought that vineyesno could have lasted for a year! This ritual of weekly wine consumption surely eases the toils of office life when there’s a vino day to look forward to!
To celebrate this very special day, we agreed to venture off with a little vertical tasting of Chateau Grand Puy-Lacoste, one of the cinquièmes crus- Fifth Growths of Médoc 1855 Classification. With a limited budget and limited time, 9 vintages were sourced, spanning from 1986 to 2006. Together, vinoyesno tasted 2 decades of viticultural history of Grand Puy Lacoste. And what a great learning experience it was!
We were surprised with the subtle differences between each vintage, albeit with our limited tasting capabilities. Textbook knowledge of Bordeaux is that vintages are affected very much so by the weather. We had printed out handouts with weather summaries of vintages we were going to taste. By deducing through price and e-RobertParker vintage chart, we tippy toed through the nine wines, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2005, 2000, 1994, 1998, 1996, 1986. They all had the same plum, red currant, red fruit character with a soft tea note, a very elegant wine. We had enjoyed all, well most of them. Even the often said difficult vintage 2004, which had larger tannin structure and lower acidity, maintained the style with remarkable consistency.
Amongst our favorite was the 1996 vintage. An extraordinary nose, on the palette infused with a harmonious balance of ripe plummy fruit, spice and subdued oak. In fact, we loved all the wines from the 90’s, which seemed to be at their peak.
Unfortunately, 1986 was obviously over its peak, where oxidation was evident. It was a pity because we all wanted to be wowed by an old(er) wine. Even so, we all had a great time. Once again, it’s not what you drink, but who you drink with.
Hope to see you all next year!