Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2014

  Château Grand Puy Lacoste

Emeline Borie described 2014 as a ‘marathon’. ‘It was easy to start with… really tough in the middle… the last part was a breeze… and we were just elated when we crossed the finishing line’. And she and her father, Xavier Borie should be well pleased with the results. Grand Puy Lacoste 2014 is produced from 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot from yields of just 33hl/ha. There was a bit of hydric stress here and the team reported a lack of juice. This is a classic GPL style with a glorious bouquet with an intensely Cabernet character: violets, graphite, crème de cassis, brambles, pure cherry, cigar smoke, toast and noble sandalwood flavours emerge from the glass. The palate is much more voluptuous than the Haut Batailley with good density and texture. There is already about 12% press wine in the blend. The tannins do protrude a little, but they are laced with pure fruit and we expect the quality of the fruit to shine through in time. Fine Pauillac.

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 dominates 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.