Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, a Pauillac producer in the southern half of the appellation, escaped the mildew last year that affected many vineyards across Bordeaux, reporting yields of 40 hectoliters a hectare from a density of 10,000 vines per hectare, according to the estate's Tina Bizard.
Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2018 tasting. Photo: Guy Collins
That compared with a more normal yield level of around 44 hectoliters for the estate, with the slight reduction due to the shrinkage of grape berries in the heat of the autumn during the prolonged harvest period.
Grand-Puy-Lacoste, owned by Francois-Xavier Borie, invested in new winery equipment in 2016 and the main wine from the 2018 vintage blended in the facility comprised 78 percent cabernet sauvignon and 22 percent merlot. Harvesting took place from Sept. 21 to Oct. 5 and ageing was in French oak barrels with 75 percent new barrels.
The vineyard covers 58 hectares in one block around the chateau, out of a total estate of 90 hectares, and is on very deep coarse gravel. The average age of the vines is 38 years, according to data supplied by the estate, and the vineyard is planted with 75 percent cabernet sauvignon, 20 percent merlot and 5 percent cabernet franc.