A blend of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon grown on the clay limestone soils of Fronsac. Half of the wine is aged in tank and half in oak barrels, but oak flavour is far from the aim here.
The wine bursts with clear, vibrant, zesty flavours of white grapefruit, gooseberry, sicilian lemon and stone with an interesting herbal twist and a hint of butter. A wonderfully expressive and engaging white Bordeaux.
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.