Xavier Borie's Grand Puy Lacoste is on a roll. A string of exquisite, muscled wines have enhanced this estates reputation still further. The 2011 does not possess the gloss, depth and complexity of the magnificent 2010; one of our top wines from the last campaign, but it is a charming, gentleman's Claret full of delicious, classic Pauillac fruit. At first slightly brooding with some floral notes, graphite and blackcurrants. The palate is pure and seductive, full of suave black fruit and lots of extract. This 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot cuvee finishes with plenty of sweet fruit and refined tannins. Not perhaps the polish of the very top Pauillac estates, but a noteworthy effort nonetheless.
Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a 5ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Pauillac.
The origin of the property is very old, since the first mention in official documents appear at the beginning of the XVIth century. The estate extends over 225 acres in a single unit to the south of Pauillac, on a rise which is the origin of its name "Grand-Puy". Mr Lacoste gave its name to the Château when he bought the property and kept it until the epidemic of phylloxera at the end of the XIXth century. Its reputation comes from Mr Raymond Dupin, a legendary figure in the Medoc wine world, who was proprietor until 1978 whene sold the estate to M. Borie.
Nowadays, François-Xavier BORIE is managing Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste. He renewed the cellars of the Château just before producing the great vintage of 1982. The vinification and ageing of Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste are conducted under the same technique, with the same cares and same mind, as those of the other estate M. Borie manages as Château Haut-Batailley.
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.