Château Grand Puy Lacoste - Pauillac 2005


The history of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is fascinating in many ways. It is a family saga going back to the 16th century. The name Grand-Puy, already mentioned in documents from the Middle Ages, comes from the ancient term "puy” which means "hillock, small height”. True to its name, the vineyard sits on outcrops with a terroir similar to that of the Médoc's first growths. From Since the 16th century the property remained attached to a single family from generation to generation, in a direct line through marriage until 1920, before connecting with another family in 1978—the Borie.

François-Xavier Borie has directed the estate since its acquisition in 1978, benefitting greatly from the experience of working beside his father. As determined, demanding and diligent as Jean-Eugène, François-Xavier has raised Grand-Puy-Lacoste to the level of a "great Pauillac” and ensures that it maintains that status.

The 2005 Grand-Puy-Lacoste exhibits classic Pauillac aromas. It is a beautiful, dense purple-tinged effort displaying a sweet, pure perfume of crème de cassis, flowers and wet stones. With a fabulous ripeness, it is a full-bodied wine with a fleshy attack, mid-palate and finish. It offers a gorgeous length as well as richness. The purity of this beauty's black currant fruit is something to behold. 2005 is blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. 

" The 2005 is taking its time to fully come around and this will still improve over the next five to 10 years, but it is starting to live up to expectations. Packed with truffles, tar, and cigar box, soy, black tea, campfire smoke, smoked earth. A classic Grand-Puy-Lacoste, from an effortlessly balanced vintage." - 97 points, Decanter

"A fabulous GPL. Perhaps better than the legendary 1982? It shows laser-guide precision on the palate with aromas of currants, cedar, mint, flowers and chocolate. Full-bodied and extremely finely textured on the palate, lasting for minutes. A joy to drink now. Get some." - 97 points, James Suckling

"The Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2005 has a brilliant, classic pencil-lead nose that is Pauillac through and through. There is no messin’ about here. The palate is very well defined with wonderful acidity, great depth of black fruit with an astonishingly precise finish that just takes your breath away. Is it the best 2005 of the vintage? Not quite, but it belongs in the top tier. And factor in value for money, I would be happy sitting on a big pile of this in my cellar to drink over the rest of my lifetime and the afterlife if that exists too." - 97 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


Producer: Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Appellation: Pauillac

Vintage: 2005

Size: 750ml