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  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

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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Medium deep volume loud. Fragrant pure cherry, cassis liquorice touch of pepper, with vanilla oak notes. Lovely rich but elemental blackberry cassus fruit, brambly chalky textures and savoury vanilla roasted chestnut notes. Finishes firm and slinky. Nice. Tasted at Ch Grand Puy Lacoste. 95 points

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Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Excellent nose with multi-layered fruit, blackcurrants, elderberries, mulberries and ripe plums. In the background very fine toasting aroma, hints of toasted gingerbread and discreet spiciness. On the palate well structured, intense and ripe tannins, with excellent length and elegant character, persistent in the finish. A classic style of great purity. 95

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Ruby. Scented. Red berries, floral, elegant, seductive, detailed nose, nuanced. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, detailed, playful, nuanced, bright red berries finish, beautiful wine! Long. 94-96

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Pauillac, Bordeaux

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