Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
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Date of harvest
September, 28th to October, 13th 2016

Blend
79% Cabernet Sauvignon - 21% Merlot

Tasting notes
Grand Puy Lacoste 2016 is an example once again of a vintage marked by a significant proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the assemblage - 79%, which demonstrates the tremendous potential of its terroir. The wine has a deep, bright crimson colour. There are aromas of intense black fruit which explode on the nose, underlining the character of perfectly ripe grapes whilst retaining an attractive mineral freshness. The whole is floral with a touch of spiciness. On the palate, there is a crescendo of flavours, suave, dense and complex. 2016 has fine balance and freshness coupled with a long finish sustained by ripe tannins. Once more, we find in this fine vintage the expression of the great terroir of Grand Puy Lacoste which underlines all its richness, complexity and elegance. It will take its place without any doubt among the great successes of the property thus completing a fine trilogy of vintages.

Total vineyard surface
90 hectares around the Château

Vineyard surface under production
58 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 (75% new barrels each vintage) for between 16 to 18 months depending on the vintage.

Owner
M. François-Xavier BORIE

Oenologist - R&D Director
Ms Christel SPINNER

Cellar Master
M. Philippe GOUZE

Vineyard Manager
M. Antonio FLORES

Consultant oenologist
M. 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


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Emeline Borie


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21420 Aloxe-Corton

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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