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.
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.