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Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Location: Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste is located just north of the road that joins Pauillac to Saint-Laurent-et-Benon. (Appellation Pauillac Controlée).

Classification: Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste was classified as a Fifth Growth in the Classification of 1855.

Vineyards and Grape varieties: 124 acres of the 222 acres on the estate are under vines and producing 8,000-14,000 cases. Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste has the vineyards planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot

History: Grand-Puy-Lacoste dates back as early as 1743 when it was known to be surrounded by a few rows of vines. lawyers and parliamentarians succeeded one another at the had of what was one of the first vineyards to develop.

In 1978, Raymond Dupin, who had a reputation of being one of Bordeaux's greatest gourmets, sold the Chateau to Jean-Eugene Borie, owner of Ducru-Beaucaillou. The Chateau has been run since then by Jean-Eugene's son Xavier. Xavier began a remodeling program which completely modernized the ancient and dilapidated cellars. The resurgence of Grand-Puy-Lacoste to the forefront of leading Pauillacs expected to take several years was immediately apparent with Xavier's first vintage at the Chateau.

Vinification and aging: The traditional vinification is carried out in oak vats followed by aging in new or nearly new barrels. Time spent in barrels is 18 to 20 months.

Style: A concentrated wine of good color, Grand-Puy-Lacoste has enjoyed a solid reputation for big, durable full-bodied Pauillacs.

Food: Ideal with beef, roast veal and lamb dishes.