Produced from 61% Merlot and 39% Cabernet Franc, the seventh incarnation of 'G' is as impressive as ever, perhaps more so. The Cabernet Francs are massale selections from Lafleur and the Guinaudeaus are just starting to take Merlot cuttings from their flagship estate too. The limestone gives the fruit a real brightness and high toned mineral quality. There is plenty of cassis, spice and redcurrant on the intense mid palate. The overall sense is that of harmony and perfect tension. The fruit is vital and sensual; there is also an intensely mineral and saline character which complements the lavish fruit, and the tannins are wonderfully sleek yet ever-present.
"G" de Guinaudeau is owned by Sylvie and Jacques Guinaudeau, who own the legendary Château Lafleur in Pomerol. They also count among their holdings, the Bordeaux wine property Château Grand Village, which is used as the home base for the Guinaudeau family. 2009 marked the debut vintage for "G" de Guinaudeau. The Bordeaux vineyard, which is located in the Fronsac appellation is planted to 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is a slope with clay and limestone that enjoys a north to south exposure. The soils are similar to those found in St. Emilion. The wines of "G" de Guinaudeau are open, round and fruity. The forward, quite modern style makes these wines accessible at an early age.