Pauillac: Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2016

"The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a clean, precise bouquet with nicely detailed blackberry, briar and tobacco aromas, touches of mint emerging with time, all utterly charming. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity, conveying a sense of symmetry throughout and leading into a deft, quite persistent finish. This is very classy, and it should age with style. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. Drink 2023 – 2055. 97/ 100."
Neal Martin -

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Tasting Notes

Made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, GPL (as it’s fondly known) is one of the less-grand (more affordable) châteaux in Pauillac compared to its grander neighbours, yet rivals them in quality. This elegant claret from one of the most famous appellations of the Médoc has terrific charm, complexity and will cellar for decades in good vintages - it can often be muscular with an impressive structure to allow it to age. Benefits from decanting when young – it needs time to develop.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionBordeaux
Grape Variety (Cépage)Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Food & Wine MatchingBeef, Lamb
CellarageDrink from 7 to 25+ years after vintage.
VinificationDe-stemmed berries are optically sorted and then have a long maceration. Aged in 60 to 75% new oak barriques for 16 to 18 months.
Alcohol By Volume (%)13.5

Domaines François-Xavier Borie (Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste )

One of the rare châteaux in the Médoc to have all its 55 hectares of vines in one block surrounding the château, with owner François-Xavier Borie and family living on site. Only owned by 3 families in its lifetime, the incumbents took over the estate in 1978. The vineyards are planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Vines age mostly from the early 1980s with some going back to the 1940s.


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