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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 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 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Grand Village is planted to red and white wine grape varietals. For the red wines, 14 hectares of vines were replanted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc comes from clones planted at Chateau Lafleur.
For the white Bordeaux wines, 3 hectares of vines are planted to 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. 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.
Grand Village White Wine
Grand Village also produces 2 white wines from close to 3 hectares of vines. Grand Village Blanc is made from about 2.2 hectares of vines and Les Champs Libres comes from a small .8 hectare parcel of vines.
Grand Village Blanc has actually been produced since the 19th century, though it was not until recently that the family began focusing on the wine. In 2013, the Guinaudeau family introduced a new, white Bordeaux wine, Les Champs Libre which is made using 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
The best vintages of Chateau Grand Village are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2009.
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 Guinaudeau family refers to Grand Village, which is classified as a Bordeaux Superieur, as Lafleur’s second vineyard.
Château Grand Village Wine Tasting Notes
26 Vintages 82,738 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres (Bordeaux)|
Pink grapefruit, guava, lemon curd, waxy lemon, flowers and limes on the nose really wakes you up. On the palate, all the fresh, lively, crisp, lemon centric fruits paired with green apples and creamy textures leave you feeling equally refreshed. The wine is always produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 93 Points
739 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Always produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine shows off its green apple, pomelo, flowers and lime essence with ease. Fresh and fruity, with lift and the bite of a Meyer lemon in the finish, this is quite nice this vintage. 93 Points
1,939 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Lush, silky, sweet, supple-textured, fresh cherries, tobacco leaf and floral notes come alive in the nose. On the palate the wine is elegant, lifted and soft, with layers of sweet red fruits that hit all the right notes. Produced from blending 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, this is one of the great value wines you can purchase by the case, if you can find it.. 92 Points
1,015 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Flowery in nature, you find an earthy, leafy, tobacco, spice and cherry profile. The wine is medium bodied, silky, soft and fresh, with loads of ripe, dusty black raspberries in the finish. It was produced from a blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, setting a record for the highest amount of Cabernet Franc in the blend. 91-93 Pts
2,045 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Grand Village Blanc (Bordeaux)|
Grape fruit, lemon peel, guava, green apple and banana aromas are a lot of fun to work with in the perfume. But it is the fresh, vibrant palate, with its crisp bite of yellow citrus accompanied by fresh topical accents that really makes this work. The wine was made from 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. 92 Points
697 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Hints of tropical fruit and yellow citrus fruits come to you with a tint of honey. On the palate, the wine is round, fresh and refreshing. The wine was made from 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. 92 Points
1,478 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres (Bordeaux)|
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. 91 Points
1,324 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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. 91 Points
1,341 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Grand Village Blanc (Bordeaux)|
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! 90 Points
1,174 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
3,453 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres (Bordeaux)|
Crisp, fresh and juicy, the wine pops with its just squeezed yellow citrus, orange rind and floral characteristics. Bright and juicy, this is ready to go. 90 Points
1,678 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
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
1,118 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Grand Village Blanc (Bordeaux)|
Just squeezed grapefruit with green apples on the nose, open you to an oily, nutty, pomelo finish. 88 Points
1,738 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres (Bordeaux)|
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. 90 Points
1,959 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
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
1,589 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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. 90 Points
2,460 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
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
2,989 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Château Grand Village Blanc (Bordeaux)|
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. 88 Points
1,412 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
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
1,374 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Grand Village Les Champs Libres (Bordeaux)|
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
1,493 Views Tasted Jun 16, 2017
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
1,837 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2014||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
2,401 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2017
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
2,157 Views Tasted Mar 16, 2017
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
2,129 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2014||Château Grand Village Blanc (Bordeaux)|
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
1,449 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2017
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
1,397 Views Tasted Mar 16, 2017
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
1,652 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2013||Château Grand Village Blanc (Bordeaux)|
54% Semillon and 46% Sauvignon Blanc created a wine grapefruit, honeydew melon and orange character with fresh grapefruit and citrus finish. 89 Pts
1,937 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|2013||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
1,352 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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
1,695 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|2012||Château Grand Village Blanc 'A Louima' (Bordeaux)|
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
1,612 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2013
|2012||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
2,583 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2012||Château Grand Village Blanc (Bordeaux)|
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
1,964 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
1,849 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2012
|2010||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
4,254 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2011
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
3,381 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
2,487 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2011
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
2,663 Views Tasted Jul 6, 2010
|2008||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
2,029 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2011
|2007||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
3,869 Views Tasted Aug 2, 2011
|2006||Château Grand Village (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
5,026 Views Tasted Aug 2, 2011