Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste’s is an estate on the up and its recent success can be attributed in large part to owner François-Xavier Borie, who grew up at Ducru-Beaucaillou and since taking over from his father in 1978, has taken this 5th growth Pauillac château from good to great.
Xavier has rebuilt the cellars, installed smaller vats and instigated a more rigorous selection process. Today, Grand-Puy-Lacoste consistently outperforms its 5th growth status. If there were ever a review of the 1855 Bordeaux classification, this is surely one estate that would rise up the rankings. Grand Grand-Puy-Lacoste's fine red wines carry a hint of crème de cassis, which is the château's trademark characteristic in top vintages. As well as their grand vin, the estate produces a fine second wine, Lacoste Borie.
The estate’s name ‘Grand-Puy’ comes from the ancient term ‘puy’ which means ‘hillock’ and refers to the vineyard’s siting on outcrops with a terroir similar to that of the Médoc's first growths.