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Chateau Grand Village blanc, Bordeaux 2018 (1x75cl)

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc | Semillon
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.5%
Product Code: FRBD0413B18S
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£19.60

This wine is/was the Wine of the Week on Friday 2nd July 2021 at Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Jancis herself. The full article appears here.

Awarded 16.5 points (of 20) - and rated as Very Good Value - on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Jancis herself - in January 2021. Rated as 17/20 in two previous reviews by the same team.

Chateau Grand Village blanc, Bordeaux 2018 - jancisrobinson.com Jan 2020 review

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The Guinaudeau family has been growing vines at Grand Village since the 17th century, and there is no doubt regarding the very early appearance of white varieties in the estate’s vineyard. With the viticulture sector crisis in the 1960s, those white varieties slowly gave up their place to be replaced with red grapes. Convinced by the great potential of some of the soils at Grand Village to yield great white wines, Sylvie and Jacques decided to replant a number of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon parcels in the early 1990s. In 2000, the Guinaudeaus - who have also been in charge of Chateau Lafleur in Pomerol since 1985 -  began producing the wines of Grand Village. They switched to managing the vineyards of Chateau Grand Village in the same manner as they do at Chateau Lafleur. The vinification techniques also began to mirror what they were doing in Pomerol as well, which greatly also improved the quality of wines being produced at Grand Village.

With the arrival of their son Baptiste and his wife Julie, major improvements began. Their efforts were first concentrated toward white vineyards, putting in place high end vineyard management procedures that were developed over at Chateau Lafleur. They started planting new parcels with vine stock originating from the great Sauvignon Blanc of Sancerre – rich, complex and mineral. Great progress has been achieved in the cellar with the refinement of various work methods, especially mastering oxygen intake and barrel aging on the lees.

This wine:

Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon were harvested September 6th–11th. Hand harvested with double sorting at the vineyard. Low pressure pressing under inert atmosphere. Vinification in 50% stainless steel tanks, 20% new barrels, 30% one-year-old barrels. Eight months of barrel aging, including 5 months of gentle lees-stirring. Bottled at the beginning of summer the year after harvest.

Sauvignon Blanc 75%, Semillon 25%.

Restrained and quite savoury on the nose at first, bursting into life on the palate with an electric mix of white currant and citrus fruit, fused with more mineral tones of dry stones and salt characteristics. The Semillon adds some structure and body to the wine, as well as adding to the flavour profile with a ripe nectarine touch as well as complex herbal element. Mouth-watering and complex.