Described by Robert Parker as “one of the most popular wines in Bordeaux, largely because of its unabashed, exuberant, blackberry/cassis fruit character and full-bodied, hedonistic appeal,” Grand Puy Lacoste consistently outperforms its 5ème Cru Classé classification. Located a couple of kilometres west of the town of Pauillac, the chateau is owned and run by Xavier Borie.
Grand Puy Lacoste’s vineyards now cover 55 hectares of the Pauillac commune with Cabernet Sauvignon making up 75% of the plantings and Merlot 25%. The vines are planted on deep gravel and limestone soils with an average age of 38 years. Once harvested by hand, the grapes are macerated for three weeks, before ageing in oak for up to 20 months (up to 70% new oak). The chateau produces up to 18,000 cases of the grand vin per annum and there is a second wine called Lacoste Borie.
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