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Château Grand Village




Bordeaux Blanc

Grape Variety:

Sauvignon Blanc

Les Champs Libres, 2016

3x1.5L £342.50

2 cases Equiv. £114.17 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

The tireless pursuit of excellence that characterises the Guinaudeau output in 2016 is writ large in the two stunning dry whites they’ve produced. As good as Grand Village is, Champs Libres is another thing entirely, a number of notches above it. Produced from 100% Sancerre clone Sauvignon Blanc which is fermented and aged entirely in new Taransaud barrels, it marries the intensity and laser like focus of great Sauvignon Blanc to the gunflint and silken texture of something altogether more Burgundian. Energetic, smoky salty citrus notes combine with fine stones and mouth-coating mid-palate citrus fruit richness, before tapering off into something defined by notes of slate, salt and refreshment. Hugely concentrated, extract laden, but never heavy, this tender/taut wine is a marvel in a vintage where the drought tested many a white winemaker’s metal. Interestingly, the plots used for Champs Libres were some of the least successful for Merlot before the Baptiste and Julie analysed the soils and found an absence of water stress, terrible for reds, but ideally suited to drought-shy Sauvignon Blanc. The result of this happy accident is surely Bordeaux’s most exciting and incisive white wine. Harvest was carried out on the 9th, 11th and 13th of September and just 3000 bottles have been produced.

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