January 25, 2022 James Bradley 0Comment

Owned by Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau of renowned Château Lafleur, Château Grand Village benefits handsomely from its association with the iconic estate. Situated just north of Fronsace in Mouillac, Grand Village, bottled under the Bordeaux Supérieur appellation, is planted entirely to massale selection from Lafleur. It is also farmed biodynamically and receives the same care and attention to detail that has made its stablemate one of the greatest wines in Bordeaux.

Jacques and Sylvie, joined by their son and daughter-in-law Baptiste and Julie, have taken this estate in a bold new direction, crafting this wine that is down-to-earth but also entirely singular. Grapes are grown on 20 hectares of clay, limestone, and gravel soil similar to that found in St-Emilion. Reds are planted to about 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, while three hectares of white grapes are planted to 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. After careful hand harvest and grape selection, wines are fermented in concrete and stainless steel then moved to oak for aging – of which about 30% is new for the red wine.

The Guinaudeau family refers to Grand Village as Lafleur’s second vineyard, and it’s in this remarkable Bordeaux Supérieur that you can find the same pedigree as the grand cru.

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