The origins of Grand-Puy-Lacoste lie in a single estate that existed in Pauillac in the Middle Ages. Ranked at the level of cinquième cru in the1855 classification of the Médoc. The vines are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, accounting for 75%, the remainder Merlot, planted at a density of 10000 vines/ha, and with an average age of 38 years. The soil here is incredibly rich in pale, gravelly pebbles. As might be expected, harvest is manual, the fruit going over a sorting table before being destemmed, followed by a second sorting in advance of the fermentation in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled as described above. There is a three-week maceration before the wine does into oak for up to twenty months, using barrels perhaps up to 70% new each vintage.
“The 2007 has lightly gamey fruit on the nose, enhanced by an elegant touch of oak. It suggests a lovely density and concentration, and there are slightly perfumed red fruit notes coming in behind. The sense of polish it brings to the palate is attractive, and the tannins are very well integrated. “
-The wine doctor Kris Kissack