Chateau Grand Village Bordeaux Superieur Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Grand Village Bordeaux Superieur with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

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 vinification techniques began to mirror what they were doing in Pomerol as well, which really improved the quality of wines being produced at Grand Village.

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 in the soil 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 30% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months before bottling.

From there, the just used, new oak barrels are sent to Chateau Lafleur, where they are used for the aging of the Grand Vin and Pensees de Lafleur. On average, the production of Chateau Grand Village is close to 5,500 cases of wine per year.

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Grand Village White Wine

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 Guinaudeau 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.

When to Drink Chateau Grand Village, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Grand Village is much better with at least 3-5 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour or so.

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 offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving 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.

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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2017Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres  (Bordeaux)91

Relax on a freshly mown lawn near a stone path lined with lemon trees at the pinnacle of summer, this wine is a snappy, crisp confection with juicy energy and a long-lasting, vivacious, yellow citrus note in the finish.

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2017Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)91

Dark cherries, licorice and cocoa will have you convinced this wine is a Pomerol. On the palate, this medium-bodied charmer is silky, sweet and round. It was produced from a blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, setting a record for the highest amount of Merlot ever placed in the blend. The elevated proportion of Merlot on the limestone and the added sensation of minerality mixed with lush fruits makes this an instant enchantress. I marvel at this production because half of the vineyard was destroyed by frost, generating only 9% of the 2016 release.

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2017Château Grand Village Blanc  (Bordeaux)90

Lemon, lime, pomelo, tangerine and just a bit of honey create a personality that is juicy, fresh, sweet and vibrant. The wine was produced from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, picked September 12. Due to the frost, the production was only 100 cases instead of the usual 1,000 cases!

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2016Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)91

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.

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2016Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres  (Bordeaux)90

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.

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2016Château Grand Village Blanc  (Bordeaux)88

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

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2015Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres  (Bordeaux)90

Squeeze lemons, limes and add flowers into a glass filled with rocks you get the idea here. Bright, crisp and easy to drink, you can enjoy this over the next few years, or even longer.

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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.

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2015Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90

Silky and lush, the fruits are ripe, sweet and pure. The wine is round, medium bodied and displays sweet red cherries and licorice at its core. You can drink this with pleasure now, or age it for a few years.

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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.

2,157 Views   Tasted 89
2015Château Grand Village Blanc  (Bordeaux)88

Pomelo, lemons, orange peel and green apples with a touch of honeysuckle on the nose. Juicy and fresh, drink this over th next few years.

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

1,155 Views   Tasted 89
2014Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres  (Bordeaux)89

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.

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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

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2014Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

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.

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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.

1,666 Views   Tasted 89

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

1,924 Views   Tasted 89
2014Château Grand Village Blanc  (Bordeaux)88

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

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

1,210 Views   Tasted 88

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

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2013Château Grand Village Blanc  (Bordeaux)89

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

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2013Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

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.

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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

1,456 Views   Tasted 88
2012Château Grand Village Blanc 'A Louima'  (Bordeaux)89

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

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2012Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88

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

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2012Château Grand Village Blanc  (Bordeaux)87

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.

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2011Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

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

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2010Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90

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

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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

3,156 Views   Tasted 90
2009Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

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.

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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

2,482 Views   Tasted 90
2008Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)89

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.

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2007Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

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

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2006Château Grand Village  (Bordeaux Supérieur)86

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

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