Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2012

  Château Grand Puy Lacoste

Tasting at Grand Puy Lacoste with Xavier Borie is always a privilege and an education. It was back to Latin class this year. The fiche technique explains that 'Puy' comes from the Latin word for podium, meaning hill, which described the Chateau's position on top of the gravel croupes overlooking Pauillac. It is these deep gravel hills that give GPL its classical character. Crafted from 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the 2012 possesses a beautiful perfume: complex, floral, with notes of crème de cassis, raspberry pip and toast. There is lovely poise and balance; a wine of grace and charm with an effortless dark berry core of fruit, stoney minerality and beautifully chiselled tannins. This will be one of the must buy wines from 2012.

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 | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.