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The name of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is one of the vineyards selected in 1855 by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce, to figure in its famous classification.

This classification only recognized the well established reputation of the properties it listed, and because the first half century before listing were not the best times at Grand-Puy-Lacoste, it “failed” to make a noteworthy impression in terms of prices and reputation, achieving only a lowly 5th Growth classification. The reputation of Grand-Puy-Lacoste has improved a lot since then and today the quality and prices of Grand-Puy-Lacoste can often easily compare with 2nd Growth.
The origin of the property is very old, since its first mention in official documents appears at the beginning of the 15th 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". Monsieur Lacoste gave his name to the Château when he bought the property and kept it until the epidemic of phylloxera at the end of the 19th century.
However Grand-Puy-Lacoste´s was built by Monsieur Raymond Dupin, a legendary figure in the Medoc wine world and president of the “Union of Médoc Classified Growths”, who bought Gran-Puy-Lacoste in 1932 and was the proprietor until 1978. He sold half of the estate’s shares to Jean-Eugène Borie, who took over the responsibility for the wine production.
Nowadays, François-Xavier Borie manages Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste. He renewed the cellars of the château just before producing the great vintage of 1982.
There are currently around 110 acres of vine producing approximately15.000 cases on a soil planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are picked always by hand and the wines are matured in oak barrels for 14 to 18 months.

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Ruby. Cassis, blueberries, floral, scented, lighter and more fragrant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, red berries, blueberries, detailed, long. 92-94

  • 94p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Concentrated but closed nose, on the palate elegant yet concentrated, excellent length and complex finish.
  • 92p
Medium deep colour. Fresh cassis, white flowers, with praline notes and sous bois nuances. Inky rich with cassis fruits, fine long muscular tannins and lovely integrated toasty balls oak notes. Finishes with a long graphite plume. Attractive wine with freshness, vigour, precision, density and volume. Should develop well with age. A sleeper of the vintage? 95 points. 
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Very nice colour, nice blueberry fruit, black textured palate, there is freshness here, this grips well, and quite immediately, not as charming as hoped, the style looks to be more concentrated than elegant. 90-93/100 2030-2045
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