In the glass, the Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2005 has a lustrous, deeply saturated dark garnet color with flashes of crimson at the edge. Aromas of dark plums, crème de cassis, blackthorn, and fading chrysanthemums move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with fresh white tobacco, Perigord truffles, and graphite pencil shavings as the classic Pauillac nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine has a supple, round fleshy texture, and a dense sweet core of black fruit and fresh berry acidity that dissolves into echoes of the evolving nose, and is infused with cashmere-like tannins that seem to ripple and creep into every part of the mouth. This is a polished, elegant Pauillac to drink now through its anticipated maturity of 2030 – 2055.
About this wine producer: If any estate can rival Château Lynch Bages as the most over-achieving Cinquième Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac, it’s François-Xavier Borie’s Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste. The “Grand Puy” in the name refers to the low gravelly hill on which the vineyards lie, and “Lacoste” was added after several name changes through the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries because of inheritance by daughters. In 1978 the Borie family bought Grand-Puy-Lacoste, and beginning in 2003 under the leadership of François-Xavier, began a renaissance at the property. Only a few kilometers from the town of Pauillac, the vineyards of Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste total roughly 36 hectares (90 acres) with Cabernet Sauvignon making up 75% of the total plantings and the rest belonging to Merlot (20%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). Typical of the region, the vineyard consists of a deep gravel top soil on a limestone base. Of interest is that Grand-Puy-Lacoste is one of the only Grand Cru Classés which have not added vineyard area since the Classification of 1855.