Château Grand Village, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2017

  Château Grand Village

£64.50 for 6x75cl
£78.00 for 1x300cl
£64.50 for 3x150cl

The Guinaudeau team fought the elements at Chateau Lafleur on the nights of the 27th and 28th of April. Thankfully they won and Lafleur was saved from the ravages of the frost. Alas, Grand Villages was left unprotected and was ravished. The Merlots situated on the clay-limestone fared best. 90% of the vineyard was affected. The decision was brutal but necessary, everything that had been touched by frost was pruned. Produced from 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the Grand Village 2017 will be a rarefied wine, just 9% of a normal crop. That's a great shame as it continues the impeccable run of vintages made at the Guinaudeau's home estate. Aromatically quite closed, this is all about texture at this early stage - pure, seductive Merlot fruits, gentle and refined with pretty mineral touches and ample bright red berry fruit. This is lacy and detailed with exceptionally elegant tannins. It's a shame it'll be so scarce!

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Grand Village

Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau’s home estate is situated in the commune of Mouillac in the canton of Fronsac. Over a third of Grand Village is planted with vines in the best and most suitable plots for viticulture. The rest of the estate is woodland or is used to rear cattle or produce cereal crops. It is an enchanting estate and one that despite its lowly appellation is capable of producing excellent wines. The estate also houses the family’s massale selection nurseries. The healthy virgin soils in a rich bio-diversity provide the favourable conditions to nurture old Bouchet cuttings from Chateau Lafleur.

The same 15 strong team who tend the vines at Chateau Lafleur is responsible for the viticulture and wine-making here. With all the resources and savoir-faire of one of Pomerol’s elite estates at their disposal, it is no surprise that the wines produced at Grand Village are spectacular. From the 2013 vintage, a new cuvee produced exclusively from Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc clones has been bottled. ‘Les Champs Libres’ is a miniscule production that demonstrates the outstanding quality of the terroir and the talent and ambition of the Grand Village team. It is fermented and aged entirely in new Taransaud barrels and marries the intensity and laser like focus of great Sauvignon Blanc to the gunflint and silken texture of something altogether more Burgundian.

Appellation: Fronsac

The low hills of Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac,close to the Gironde estuary, have been producing good wine since the early 17th century, even by the beginning of the 19th century, the wines of Fronsac were much more famous than those of Pomerol on the other side of Libourne.

Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac appellations are concentrated on high limestone dominated land, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominating the plantations. After years of under achieving, the last twenty years have seen a resurgence and some great value can be found here. The wines are at the same time show the sweet and velvety side of the right bank whilst betraying a firmer more Médoc style structure

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.