François-Xavier Borie grew up at Ducru-Beaucaillou with his parents, his brother and his sister. In the vineyard he learned to understand nature and its rhythms. He studied business and oenology, with apprenticeships outside of France with négociants and the international sales department at Christie's auction house, and has directed Grand-Puy-Lacoste since its acquisition in 1978, benefitting greatly from the experience of working beside his father, Jean-Eugène. He is a member of the Médoc Wine Federation, a board member of the CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Council), and the Council of Great Classed Growths.
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. 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.
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