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

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



Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2005

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2005

This château belongs to Francois-Xavier Borie, who also owns and makes Haut-Batailley, but the two Pauillacs are very different: Grand-Puy-Lacoste shows much more forward fruit and secondary flavour development and is immediately a much more seductive wine, its rich currant fruit laced with toast, mocha and mushroomy complexity, dissolving seductively into a persistent finish of great balance and length. Quite delicious.

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
Earthy tannins that are a little austere, this is classic Pauillac but is softened and beginning to show hints of tertiary, soy, olive and sweet strawberry notes. If you are going to drink now, give it a good 2 or 3 hours in carafe to really stretch out, as there are some subtle layers of smoke and cedar that become clearer with time, and this wine is far from giving up all its secrets yet. No mid palate dip, and still with depth to the cassis fruits, but not as concentrated or powerful as the best years. Harvest October 2 to 14, 70% new oak.
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Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2008 Grand Puy Lacoste has a very expressive bouquet with blackberry, cedar and graphite notes, quintessentially Pauillac, building in intensity all the time in the glass but remaining correct. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin on the entry, more red fruit here than black, good density with a fine bead of acidity. This all leads to a cohesive finish that might be more forward than I expected or would have liked. It is a fine GPL albeit one that feels conservative and does not reach for the stars like other vintages under Xavier Borie. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual 10-Year On tasting.)
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Château Grand Puy Lacoste

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.

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