Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
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Date of harvest
24th of September to 7th of October 2009

Blend
80% Cabernet Sauvignon - 18% Merlot - 2% Cabernet Franc

Tasting notes
This is a very good vintage with quality underlined by cabernets sauvignons of exceptional nobility. This wine presents a very deep, dark red colour. The "bouquet” reveals aromas of complex fruits and hints of ripe blackcurrant. The attack on the palate is precise, very dense, and follows with an exceptional velvety richness. The tannins are suave and elegant. It shows a beautiful complexity, combining smoothness and purity. A very well balanced wine with a spectacular length. In one word, a Grand Puy Lacoste with the promise of a bright future!

Total vineyard surface
90 hectares around the Château

Vineyard surface under production
55 hectares in one block around the Château

Average age of the vines
38 years old

Soil - Terroir
Very deep coarse gravel

Vineyard grape varieties
75% Cabernet Sauvignon - 20% Merlot - 5% Cabernet Franc

Density of planting
10 000 vines/hectares

Rootstock
Riparia gloire & 101.14

Growing of the vines
Mechanical ploughing of the soil Viticulture practices: Spraying kept to the absolute effective minimum

Harvest
Exclusively hand picked

Grape sorting
Two successive selections before and after the de-stemming process

Vinification
A long period of maceration (about 3 weeks)

Ageing
In French oak barrels (70% new barrels each vintage) for between 16 to 18 months depending on the vintage.

Owner
M. François-Xavier BORIE

Cellar Master
M. Philippe GOUZE

Vineyard Manager
M. Marc DUVOCELLE

Consultant oenologist
MM. Jacques & Eric BOISSENOT

Public relation
Miss Emeline BORIE

Second wine
Lacoste Borie

The Style

Among Pauillac's wines, Grand-Puy-Lacoste is considered "a great classic", capable of aligning its consistent character with the spirit of each vintage.


Wines are the expression of their terroir, their climate and their grapes, but they also carry the mark of those who made it. So while showing the utmost respect for the gifts of nature, François-Xavier Borie will proudly refer to Grand-Puy-Lacoste's "signature", which is clearly evident in vertical tastings.


The wines have a beautiful, deep color, the aromas are very pure and complex, subtle and refined. Depending on the vintage, one's first impression may be of ripe fruit or flowers, often toasted notes, spice and vanilla... With time it develops a remarkably full, rich character.


In the mouth one is struck by its elegant individuality from the very first impression through the last moments of a finish which affords continual and subtly changing pleasure. The flavors support and amplify its aromatic sensations with a notably large range of fruit, particularly cassis which develops with age. The wines are well-built, with a powerful tannic structure which never loses its silky smoothness.


The fourth dimension of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is time. By nature a wine for long ageing, it needs between eight and ten years to reveal its full potential, bringing power and harmony together. Each vintage fully develops after a period corresponding to its profile. "Patience is rewarded with complex aromas of dried fruit, Havana tobacco and cedar wood, smooth tannins and an exceptionally long aromatic finish" Markus del Monego, world's best sommelier in 1998.


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Domaines F-Xavier Borie SAS

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

BP 82 - 33250 Pauillac

N° SIRET: 40170997700011

Tel +33 5 56 59 06 66 - Fax +33 5 56 59 22 27

dfxb@domainesfxborie.com


Directeur de la publication et

responsable de la rédaction

Emeline Borie


Hébergeur

SA Vinium Informatique

3, rue des Corton

21420 Aloxe-Corton

contact@vinium.com

www.vinium.com


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Serge Chapuis

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Domaines F-Xavier Borie SAS

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

BP 82 - 33250 Pauillac

N° SIRET: 40170997700011

Tel +33 5 56 59 06 66 - Fax +33 5 56 59 22 27

dfxb@domainesfxborie.com


Directeur de la publication et

responsable de la rédaction

Emeline Borie


Hébergeur

SA Vinium Informatique

3, rue des Corton

21420 Aloxe-Corton

contact@vinium.com

www.vinium.com


Crédits Photos

Serge Chapuis

www.chapuis-photo.com

Crédits Visites Virtuelles

Patrick Durand

www.patrickdurand.com