60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Pretty. More weight and more Cabernet-style than Lalande Borie, for example. Not big, but a broad and very Pauillac Cabernet and excellent at this level. Rating: 87+ L&S (Apr 2014)
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Sweet on the nose there is an attractive mix of black fruits. The start of the palate has lots of cassis some black cherry some black plum quite supple but towards the back it is lighter with fragrance and charm on the finish. 2017-27 Rating: 87-90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2014)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Aniseed and fennel. Lots of liquorice. Lovely black fruit on the mid palate. Savoury, with classic Pauillac cedar and sandalwood. Attractively bitter notes on the finish. Fully ripe, good length, soft tannins. 2017-2027 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2014)
(60 Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 Merlot, 10 Cabernet Franc) Always a great second wine, this 2013 has a gorgeous, pencil lead nose with crushed blueberry and juicy cassis notes. There is a nice, feisty palate with grip but no aggression. Plump and forward with a nice sphere of flavour, Lacoste Borie has great style and immediacy. Rating: 16 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2014)
Château Grand Puy Lacoste
Pauillac Cinquième Cru 1855.
If there's an estate that can rival Lynch Bages for the crown of most over-performing 5th Growth, it would be Grand-Puy-Lacoste.
The "Grand Puy" is the low gravelly hill on which the vineyards sit. In 1750 a portion were sold to Pierre Ducasse and became, obviously, Château Grand Puy Ducasse while the rest, after a couple of name changes owing to inheritance by daughters, became Château Grand Puy Lacoste.
The Borie family bought into Grand Puy Lacoste in 1978 and began quite a renaissance for the property.
Just a few kilometres from the town of Pauillac, the vineyards of Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste total roughly 36 hectares (90 acres) with Cabernet Sauvignon making up 75% of the total plantings and the rest belonging to Merlot (20%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). Typical of the region, the vineyard consists of a deep gravel top soil on a limestone base.
Production is about 12,000 cases of wine in an average year. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and then the wines are placed into oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months of aging.
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