2017 du Château Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac

Grapes Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
ABV 14%

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc. Strained red fruit on the nose. There is juice on the palate, a little weight and richness but all kept in place by bright acidity. Another cracking wine from the GPL Stable. Rating: 89 L&S (Apr 2018)

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The 2017 Lacoste-Borie is a soft, easygoing wine to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet tobacco, mint, cedar and dried cherry give this mid-weight Pauillac lovely shades of complexity to match its mid-weight personality. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 89 Antonio Galloni, (Mar 2020)

The 2017 Lacoste-Borie has abundant red berry fruits on the nose, a little rustic maybe and strangely reminiscent of a Burgundy (at least for the first couple of minutes.) The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, plenty of tobacco-infused red and black fruit with a classic cedar finish. Quintessential Lacoste-Borie in many ways. Drink over the next 10-12 years. Drinking range: 2021 - 2033 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, (Feb 2020)

The 2017 Lacoste Borie was picked from 15 to 29 September, cropped at 49hl/ha. It has a clean, fresh and slightly earthy bouquet, what you might call “classic” in style, perhaps not quite as precise as the 2016 but then again, few 2017s are. The palate is medium-bodied with firm and strict tannin, a little raw at the moment with a small attenuation on the slightly rough-hewn finish. Not bad although I would like to see more finesse by the time of bottling. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, (May 2018)

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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