This wine keeps getting better and better. It was so delicious in 2010 that we had to include it in our offer. Plump yet fresh with notes of black and red cherries, chocolate and violets, this is pretty yet succulent and notably well-balanced. Incredible value. RK
The Lacoste Borie has a fragrant bouquet of light redcurrant and wild strawberry fruit, interlaced with graphite and wild hedgerow. It is muted at first, but it unfurls nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, perhaps missing a little weight in the middle, but nicely balanced on the "classic" finish that has "gentleman’s club luncheon claret" written all over it. And there is nowt wrong with that.
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc the Lacoste-Borie displays light briary and blackberry fruit on the nose, just a hint of cold black tea and truffle. Fine definition. The palate is quite supple on the entry, that Merlot adding a pleasant fleshiness to counter the precise Cabernet, a little short on the finish but very fresh and perhaps "clinical". Very lively and "classic". Drink 2016-
Grand Puy Lacoste sits on top of one of the steepest slopes in Pauillac, a whole 16 metres above the main flatlands! Hardly Himalayan, but the extra 16 metres of pebble-enriched soil results inparticularly excellent drainage. François-Xavier Borie is at the helm of this very impressive château which was purchased in 1978 from Monsieur Dupin.
Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.