Chateau Grand Village Bordeaux Superieur Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Grand Village History, Overview

Grand Village is located just north of the Fronsac appellation, in the small commune of Mouillac. Trust me, it can be a bit hard to find on your first visit. Grand Village is used as the home base for Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau and their family. The vineyards of Chateau Grand Village have remained in the hands of the same family since the 17th century. Previously, the vineyards for Chateau Grand Village were worked in a classic Bordeaux wine, vine-growing manner.

That all changed in 2000 when the Guinaudeau family, who have 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 in Pomerol. The wine making techniques began to mirror what they were doing in Pomerol as well.

Chateau Grand Village Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 17.8 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Grand Village is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare. The terroir is similar to what you can find in St. Emilion with its mix of clay, limestone and gravel. The clay goes down a foot or so, to a bedrock that is mostly made up of asteria limestone soils. Asteria is one of the hardest types of limestone and is often used as a building material, due to its strength and density. You find it all over Bordeaux, especially in the Right Bank.

Chateau Grand Village uses many of the same vineyard farming techniques employed at their more famous estate, Chateau Lafleur in Pomerol. They practice pruning and de-budding adapted to each vine plant, crop thinning in summer and de-leafing. The grapes are picked by hand. This is followed by very careful sorting and selection. Chateau Grand Village is vinified in traditional cement vats and is aged in an average of 33% new, French oak barrels for 15 months. On average, the production is close to 5,500 cases of wine per year.

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Grand Village also produces 2 white wines. Grand Village Blanc is made from a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon, from a small, 2.02 hectare parcel of vines. The fresh styled white Bordeaux wine is best enjoyed young. Grand Village Blanc is not meant to age more than a few years. In 2013, the Guinaudau family introduced a new, white Bordeaux wine, Les Champs Libre, which is made using 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Les Champs Libre comes from a parcel of vines located in the vineyards of Grand Village.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Grand Village with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Grand Village is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Grand Village is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Grand Village is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The white wine of Chateau Grand Village is perfect when paired with fresh seafood, shellfish, chicken, veal and pork dishes, as well as sushi and sashimi.

Here’s a little secret for you, the Guinaudau’s refer to Grand Village, which is classified as a Bordeaux Superieur, as Lafleur’s second vineyard.

Château Grand Village Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Deep garnet in color, the wine blends hints of licorice, espresso and black raspberry. Fresh, soft and polished, this medium bodied, delicious expression of sweet, spicy, red and white cherries is the best wine yet, from Grand Village. The wine was produced from a blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc.

      91 points - Tasted
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  2. 2016 Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres ( Bordeaux)

    1. Back to using 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine delivers its fresh, lemon, lime and floral character with no effort. Fresh, fun and easy to drink, this is a really nice summer wine to have with fresh shellfish on a hot day.

      90 points - Tasted
      414 Views
  3. 2016 Château Grand Village Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. Just squeezed grapefruit with green apples on the nose, open you to an oily, nutty, pomelo finish.

      88 points - Tasted
      745 Views
  4. 2015 Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres ( Bordeaux)

    1. Using 87% Semillon and 13% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is packed with fresh lemons, minerality, lime, green apple and vanilla bean, there is the right balance between freshness, sugar and richly textured, sweet fruits.

      91 points - Tasted
      782 Views
  5. 2015 Château Grand Village Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. Just squeezed pomelo, honeysuckle, lime and green apple scents are all over the place. The wine is fresh, sweet, lively and easy to drink.

      89 points - Tasted
      825 Views
  6. 2015 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine delivers a sweet, black raspberry character coupled with thyme and fresh cherries, a soft, medium bodied palate feel and a sweet, cherry and plum finish that will drink well early.

      89 points - Tasted
      1468 Views
  7. 2014 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Medium bodied, fresh, wine that delivers its bright, red and black raspberry essence with ease. This tasty wine is probably going to best in its vibrant youth.

      89 points - Tasted
      796 Views
    2. Medium bodied, fresh, but straight ahead vintage that delivers its bright, red and black raspberry essence with ease. This is probably going to best in its youth.

      89 points - Tasted
      665 Views
    3. Blending 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc offers black raspberries and earthy notes, coupled with fresh, sweet, kirsch in its fresh, forward, early drinking character. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  8. 2014 Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres ( Bordeaux)

    1. Fully mature, and taking on more color, the wine provides fresh cut grass, lemon grass and a hint of honeysuckle. Sweet, fresh, yellow, citrus fruits are all over the finish.

      89 points - Tasted
      679 Views
    2. With a citrus and fresh cut grass nose, the wine ends with a sweet, lemon rind and freshness on the mouth. The wine was made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 2013 was the first vintage for Les Champs Libre from a parcel of vines located in the vineyards of Grand Village. 89 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  9. 2014 Château Grand Village Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. Grapefruit and honeysuckle offer a fun to explore nose. Fully mature and ready to go, there is a sweet, honeyed, bright citrus finish here.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. Grapefruit and honeysuckle offer a fun to explore nose. Fully mature and ready to go, there is a sweet, honeyed, bright citrus finish here.

      88 points - Tasted
      609 Views
    3. Fresh squeezed grapefruit and honeydew melon show freshness in the fruit, finishing with zesty, sweet, citrus rind notes. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon. 88 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
      1187 Views
  10. 2013 Château Grand Village Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. 54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc created a wine grapefruit, honeydew melon and orange character with fresh grapefruit and citrus finish. 89 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  11. 2013 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Elegant in style, light in color, with bright, crisp, red berries from start to finish, this is going to be best enjoyed in its youth, to preserve its freshness and fruits.

      87 points - Tasted
      753 Views
    2. Herbs and kirsch scents, fresh, light red berries on the palate create a soft, forward wine that will drink well on release. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
      1164 Views
  12. 2012 Château Grand Village Blanc 'A Louima' ( Bordeaux)

    1. A new wine from the Guinaudeau family. Produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine was harvested from 3-year-old vines from Sancerre clones. Lemon, honeysuckle, vanilla, orange and melon scents open to a sweet, fleshy, fresh, fun white wine. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
      1385 Views
  13. 2012 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Blending 93% Merlot, harvested From September 24 through October 9, with 7% Cabernet Franc, picked October 12, the wine offers licorice, dark cherry and earthy scents. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is filled with ripe cherries. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  14. 2012 Château Grand Village Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. 64% Sauvignon Blanc and 36% Semillon produced a white wine packed with honeydew, lemon, lime and orange. This is an easy-to-drink, accessible Bordeaux Blanc. 86-88 Pts.

      87 points - Tasted
      1499 Views
  15. 2011 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Blending 83% Merlot with 17% Cabernet Franc produced a medium-bodied wine with fresh, sweet cherry, round textures and early drinking charm. 89-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
      1692 Views
  16. 2010 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Jammy berries, forest floor, fresh black cherries and plum scents introduce you to a likeable, charming wine that will offer a lot of pleasure young. The wine was produced from a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. 90-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Grand Village 75% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc create an earth, candied plum and sweet cherry scented wine with a medium body that ends with a fresh, black cherry finish. This should drink well on release. 89-91

      90 points - Tasted
      2971 Views
  17. 2009 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Chocolate, mocha, plums and earth open a soft textured, medium bodied wine that ends with a round, licorice, plum and black cherry filled finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Grand Village is a blend of 75% merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Fresh blackberry and licorice aromatics lead into a medium/full bodied winewith soft textures and a suave, easy to drink black cherry and licorice flavored finish. The wine is aged in oak barrels that were used previously by Chateau Lafleur. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
      2384 Views
  18. 2008 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Black cherry, leafy, coffee bean and kirsch scents blend well with this medium bodied, soft textured wine. The finish offers cocoa dusted black cherries and black raspberry.

      89 points - Tasted
      1821 Views
  19. 2007 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. With a light cherry, earth and leafy aroma, this soft, medium bodied wine ends with a kirsch finish. This is drinking well today.

      87 points - Tasted
      3021 Views
  20. 2006 Château Grand Village ( Bordeaux Supérieur)

    1. Light in color with light cherry and truffle aromas. This medium bodied wine ends with short, kirsch filled finish. This is fully mature. Drink up

      86 points - Tasted
      4068 Views