It is always a joy to taste Xavier Borie's Grand Puy Lacoste, there is such elegance to the fruit here and a wonderful sense of cohesion and effortless charm. The 2015 is crafted from 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This is a classic GPL with perhaps even more refinement that usual. The profile is one of violets, pure Cabernet fruits, pencil shavings and Asian spice. There is an ethereal character to the fruit, it is velvety, sleek and complex yet so refreshing and almost weightless. There is a stunning structure with honed tannins and mouth-watering acidity. One of the finest Grand Puy Lacostes we can remember tasting.
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.