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.
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.