In a nutshell: Lovely 2015 vintage of the second wine of Chatea Grand-Puy-Lacoste.
The lowdown: Lacoste Borie is always very good value considering the site and the estate and this, from the excellent 2015 vintage, is no exception. A joyful wine made a slightly more forward style to be drunk younger that its big brother, but still serious and worthy of respect. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc hand harvested and aged for at least 14 months in barrel. Juicy black cherry and redcurrant, floral and cedar aromas lead onto a medium-to-full bodied palate, soft and silky with light tannins and a long length.
92/100 - Tim Atkin MW, 17+/20 - Matthew Jukes
When to drink: Drink now and into the latter half of this decade.
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste is located a couple of kilometres west of the Médoc town of Pauillac and is owned and run by François-Xavier Borie. It's a 5ème Cru Classé estate which has, for a long time, punched quite a bit above its weight.
Through inheritance is passed into the hands of the Borie family in 1978. The Bories are long standing pillars of the Bordeaux wine trade and various branches own a number of other prestigious châteaux in the region. François-Xavier Borie himself took over running and managing the estate in 2003 and he's also in charge of winemaking. These days he's actively assisted in this by his daughter Emeline.
The estate extends to 55 hectares of vines, three quarters of which is Cabernet Sauvignon with much of the rest being Merlot together with a small amount of Cabernet Franc planted fairly recently. They make two wines, the Grand Vin and second wine 'Lacoste Borie' which appeared first in 1982.