Bordeaux 2016: Acte and Grand Village

Bordeaux 2016: Acte and Grand Village
Our outstanding value pick from 2016 is the magnificent Grand Village Rouge. This idyllic property on the outskirts of the Fronsac commune has produced an astonishing 2016. Hardly surprising when you consider the team behind the wine… the Guinaudeaus. All the investment and know-how from the iconic Pomerol estate, Chateau Lafleur, has helped raise the bar. Forget postcodes, the clay and ‘big limestone’ terroir in the hands of Jacques, Sylvie, Baptiste, Julie and team can produce something quite remarkable.

In truth, the whole Guinaudeau range was spellbinding, but the 2016 Grand Village has perhaps reached a new pinnacle. Although only 14% Cabernet Franc, this varietal speaks so clearly, with its intoxicating aromatic profile, tension and power. It is without question the benchmark vintage for Grand Village: both sumptuous and vital, juicy yet sophisticated, reserved and exuberant – a monumental wine.

We were also thrilled with the new Acte. Since 2014, all the Cabernet Franc comes from massale selections from the great old Bouchet parcels from Lafleur. Again, there is such tension and precision here – glorious fruit is woven gracefully into the sumptuous tannins – it finishes with real aplomb; yet more evidence that this project is realising its true potential.

And last but by no means least, we have the wonderful Grand Village Blanc. Produced from a blend of equal parts Sancerre clone Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux clone Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon, this is as racy and engaging as ever. The Sancerre clones helped retain acidity and intensity during the prolonged heat and drought of the summer. This is certainly one of the most stylish examples of Grand Village to date.