Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2005 showcases the classic Pauillac aromas of creme de cassis along with stony, floral notes, and fine, graphite aromatics. The wine is full-bodied with sweet tannin and and a lingering, long finish.
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.