Château Grand Village, Blanc, 2013

  Château Grand Village

Jacques and Sylvie'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 Guinaudeaus are well travelled and it is their outward looking approach that has led to replanting with Sancerre clones of Sauvignon Blanc. Their whites certainly have a Dagueneau-esque character to them and they seem to be getting greater purity and intensity every year. 46% Sauvignon Blanc and 54% Semillon. Bizarrely this has more Sauvignon characteristics than the 100% cuvee Les Champs Libres. Packed with gooseberries, and intense citrus fruits, this is complex and gastronomic. Wonderfully fresh with yeasty notes infused with hints of minerals. Delicious.

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 same 15 strong team who tend the vines at Chateau Lafleur are 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, but demonstrates the outstanding quality of the terroir and the talent of the Grand Village team.