Wines of Chateau

Château Grand Puy Lacoste
 5ème Cru Classé en 1855
Appellation Pauillac

En chiffres

Surface : 90 Ha dont 58 Ha de vignes

Production : 280 000 bouteilles

Geologie : Grosse graves profondes sur relief très vallon

Encépagement : 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Franc

Elevage : Cuvaison longue d’environ 3 semaines, élevage du grand vin en barrique de chêne français don 75 % de neuves

Since its acquisition by his family in 1978, François-Xavier Borie has completely renovated the château and its cellars. This has been a long-term project using technical innovation to improve quality and develop a more refined expression of terroir with each passing vintage. Today, Grand-Puy-Lacoste does not look to increase its production in terms of quantity but more importantly to increase the quality of its production, with greater control, precision, and consistency of style from one vintage to the next. Archives and architectural details show that a building was first constructed here in 1737. The present château was built in 1855 by Pierre-Fréderic Lacoste, who inherited the domain in 1844. He and his descendants lived at the property until 1920, when the Lacoste family had to sell the estate. In the 1930s the new owner preferred to live in Bordeaux, and the château began its period of decline. When François-Xavier Borie and his wife Marie-Hélène arrived in 1979 much needed to be done. Of the vineyard’s original 55 hectares only 30 remained, the château was in poor condition and the winemaking buildings required renovation. Major investments were quickly made: in 1979 a new vat house with temperature-controlled tanks was built, and just four years later Grand-Puy-Lacoste achieved its first great success with the 1982 vintage, whose perfection symbolized the property’s rebirth. During this period François-Xavier Borie also restored the vineyard by replacing vines where necessary, improving the drainage system, instituting new methods of canopy management, etc. Further investments renewed the estate’s buildings: the vinification cellar was renovated in 1995 and a new barrel cellar was created in 2003. In 2006 other improvements were made, such as installing a vibrating table equipped with the latest technology for sorting harvested grapes.

Environmental Approach : Certified HVE 3 in september 2019 (Haute Valeur Environnementale)

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