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Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 2002

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The 2002 vintage was a cool and challenging one for producers in Bordeaux. Over the years vintages like this have copped a lot of flack for not being powerful and concentrated wines, but i disagree with these critics. The cooler years see moe focused acidity and longer ripening periods for flavour and phenolic development. In there youth they are generally difficult to approach, but given time they blossom into something else entirely. Keep with the good producers who sort their fruit heavily and you will be rewarded in these more challenging vintages.

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Winery Note:

The history of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is fascinating in many ways. It is a family saga going back to the 16th century. The name Grand-Puy, already mentioned in documents from the Middle Ages, comes from the ancient term "puy” which means "hillock, small height”. True to its name, the vineyard sits on outcrops with a terroir similar to that of the Médoc's first growths. From Since the 16th century the property remained attached to a single family from generation to generation, in a direct line through marriage until 1920, before connecting with another family in 1978—the Borie.

Like the totality of Pauillac's growths, Grand-Puy-Lacoste benefits from Aquitaine's oceanic climate which is greatly influenced by the proximity of the Atlantic and the Gironde estuary, particularly wide at this point. Situated along the 45th parallel, the Médoc vineyards enjoy a very balanced climate marked by great sunshine, hot summers and mild winters. But this terroir is especially influenced by a unique phenomenon: winds coming from the ocean and the estuary which create a particularly favorable microclimate. Strong ocean winds cross the coastal pine forest and slow down as they meet air currents from the estuary, introducing a measure of humidity to the atmosphere.

The climate of the Pauillac appellation is shaped by its proximity to the Gironde, which has its own moderating influence on temperatures. At each stage of the vine's growth, from bud-break to the grapes' ripening and harvest, climate variations define the harvest's character. The finest vintages are always the product of a hot and dry summer, followed by a fine late-growing season. 

The date of picking is carefully studied according to the maturity of the fruit, which must be optimal.

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMostly Conventional Techniques
Vineyard PracticesMostly Regular Farming Techniques
Product typeWine Red Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends

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