Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2003

  Château Grand Puy Lacoste

Unusually for a property of this size (55ha), “GPL” consists of a single block of vines, rather than many parcels dotted about the appellation. The true character of the wine is therefore always apparent, as it is not possible to favour grapes from one location over another in the final blend, as many properties do in a difficult year. Yields and overall production were down by 10-15% on 2002 figures, but Xavier Borie has again made a well honed, balanced wine with charm and power. The nose is quite closed but very ripe and rich, and as the flavours develop on the palate, so does the wine’s charm. It is not blowsy, jumping out of the glass immediately, but makes friends slowly, the result being a more long-term relationship, as rich ripe fruit flavours linger in the mouth. Very good indeed.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Grand Puy Lacoste

A very old Chateau - it's first mention in official documents appears at the beginning of the XVIth century - this estate extends over 225 acres in a single plot of land to the south of Pauillac - which is where the original name "Grand-Puy" came from. Mr Lacoste added his name to the Château when he bought the property and kept it until the epidemic of phylloxera at the end of the XIXth century. GPL's reputation in the wine world will be down in part to Mr. Raymond Dupin, a legendary figure in the Medoc, who was proprietor until 1978 when he sold the estate to M. Borie.

Nowadays, François-Xavier Borie is managing things. He renewed the cellars of the Château just before producing the great vintage of 1982. The vinification and ageing of Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is conducted with the same technique and attention to detail, as those of the other estates managed by Borie - such as Château Haut-Batailley.

Appellation: Pauillac

The Cabernet Sauvignon domanates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.