2012 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 5eme Cru Classe Pauillac Bordeaux


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A very old Chateau - this estate extends over 225 acres in a single plot of land to the south of Pauillac - which is where the original name "Grand-Puy" came from. Mr Lacoste added 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. GPL's reputation in the wine world will be down in part to Mr. Raymond Dupin, a legendary figure in the Medoc, who was proprietor until 1978 when he sold the estate to M. Borie.

Nowadays, François-Xavier Borie is managing things. He renewed the cellars of the Château just before producing the great vintage of 1982. The vinification and ageing of Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is conducted with the same technique and attention to detail, as those of the other estates managed by Borie - such as Château Haut-Batailley.

Richly-coloured, tannic, vigorous and full-bodied, they are considered to be a perfect example of classic Pauillac. Great potential for aging.

Jancis Robinson - 17.5/20
Robert Parker – 91 points