Château Grand Village, Blanc, Bordeaux
    Château Grand Village

    Château Grand Village, Blanc, Bordeaux,

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    Château Grand Village, Blanc, Bordeaux, 2015

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Grand Village, Blanc, Bordeaux, 2015

    A blend of 34% Sauvignon and 66% Semillon harvested between the 5th and 9th September. There is more Semillon in the blend than usual because, in Baptiste Guinaudeau’s words, “these are the best Semillons we have produced, there was a short window to harvest them but it worked out extremely well for us.” The price to pay is quantity, with yields of up to 25% down on an average crop. The Semillon is evident here for the texture and complexity it adds to the blend. A fleshy, plump character is offset by great freshness. Notes of citrus, crushed nettle, salt and a faint touch of gooseberry. The most complex Grand Village we have tasted. A fine white Bordeaux that punches well above its weight.

    ABV:
    13.5%
    92/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    An unusually focused and personality-filled Bordeaux blanc, with grip and density through the mid palate, plenty of white peach, sage and apricot pit, savoury rather than sweet. This is enjoyable with a slate edge that gives texture. Old vine Sémillon adds an extra dimension perhaps, but it is very much a reflection of the skill and thoughfulness of the team, led by Baptiste Guinaudeau of Château Lafleur.
    Date Reviewed:
    02/2023
    94/100
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    A blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon, the 2020 Grand Village Blanc springs from the glass with vivacious notes of lemon curd, lime blossoms, and fresh grapefruit, followed by hints of struck flint and dill seed. The medium-bodied palate shimmers with energy and amazing tension, finishing with persistent chalky and zesty layers.
    Date Reviewed:
    03/2023
    90/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2020 Grand Village Blanc has a fresh bouquet with lime, grapefruit and peach skin scents, quite pure, not complex, though seductive. The palate is well balanced with a nervy entry, lovely oily texture (which Baptiste Guinaudeau attributes to the more solar vintages) with a touch of bitter lemon, pear drop and stem ginger towards the finish. Delicious.
    Date Reviewed:
    02/2023

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    country:
    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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    Château Grand Village

    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.

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