For many years now, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste has defied its relatively meagre classification as a 5ème Cru Classé to consistently outperform its peers and indeed many of its supposed superiors. This estate sits to the west of the town of Pauillac and is owned and run by François-Xavier Borie (former winemaker at the other family estate, Ducru Beaucaillou).
The 19th century château of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is encircled by 90 hectares of vines (Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 25%) which lie on deep gravel beds over limestone. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats before the wine is matured in oak barriques, about half of which are new, for 18 months.
Lacoste-Borie, the second wine of Château Grand Puy Lacoste, is garnet-red in colour and is bursting with rich, velvety blackcurrant fruit. It is medium bodied on the palate with great balance and a smooth finish. In 2009, Lacoste-Borie reached new heights of quality, benefiting considerably from nature’s blessing in one of the regions greatest ever vintages.
"Sweet berry and coffee aromas, with hints of China tea. Medium-bodied, with lovely sweet fruit and a balance of fine tannins. Clean and pretty. Second wine of Grand-Puy-Lacoste." 87-90 Points James Suckling, Wine Spectator.