CHÂTEAU GRAND VILLAGE
Vineyard size :
14 hectares (34,3 acres)
Vineyard grape varietals:
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Soil types :
Located in Mouillac, between the Côtes de Bourg and Fronsac, the vineyard of Château Grand Village dates back to the 1600’s and has been owned by the Guinaudeau family, also proprietors of the famed Château Lafleur in Pomerol, since shortly thereafter. Sylvie and Jacques, along with their son Baptiste and his partner Julie, devote all their care and attention to this property, a fully operational farm with pastures and forests, of which only the most propitious, well exposed parcels are devoted to vines.
The vineyard is planted on plateau and hillside plots that boast a clay-limestone terroir very similar to that of Saint-Émilion. The work in the vineyard is carried out with the same attentive care as at Lafleur: everything is done by hand, from pruning to harvesting, in order to allow the best expression of this lovely terroir. The soil is tilled manually, without the use of chemical herbicides; pruning and disbudding are tailored according to the age and shape of each vine; hedging and leaf and crop thinning are adapted to the climate conditions of each vintage.
Harvest dates are determined parcel by parcel, in order to pick the grapes, by hand, only when they have reached optimal maturity. After a meticulous sorting, the grapes are vinified, again parcel by parcel, in small tanks. Fermentation takes place over 15-20 days; the wine is then transferred to oak barrels for 12 months of aging.
Grand Village wines are without artifice, expressive of this privileged clay-limestone terroir, evolving each year to reflect the particular characteristics of the vintage. Harmonious and supple, Grand Village Rouge is very enjoyable in its fruit-forward youth, but a few years of cellaring are well-rewarded.