CHATEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE
Derived from the Latin for hill, the name Grand-Puy describes this vineyard’s valuable
raised site overlooking Pauillac. Lacoste is the name of the family who owned the
property from the beginning of the 18th Century to the end of the 19th.
Hit hard by the
disaster that phylloxera brought to Bordeaux, the Lacostes were eventually forced to
sell up. A string of owners led in time to Raymond Dupin, a gentleman, so it is said, with
a taste for the finer (read decadent) things in life, who purchased the property in 1930.
Dupin passed Grand-Puy-Lacoste on to the Borie family in 1978, just prior to his death,
and they remain in charge to this day.
The man behind the estate’s current resurgence
is François-Xavier Borie, who has put his money where his mouth is and completely
renovated the vineyards, winemaking facilities and cellars. The vine mix is 75%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, on 55 hectares. The style is
classic Pauillac: succulent and concentrated with a strong tannic presence and the
ability to age gracefully.