Jacques & Sylvie Baptiste
GUINAUDEAU, VIGNERONS A POMEROL
Château Grand Village
CHÂTEAU GRAND VILLAGE 2009
The vineyards of Château Grand Village have remained in the hands of the Guinaudeau family since the 17th century and is today the home base for Jacques and Sylvie’s family. The 40 acres of Château Grand Village are planted only to red grape varietals: 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of the vines is approximately 20 years. The estate is located between Fronsac and Bourg. The terroir is made of clay-calcareous soil.
Pomerol (Bordeaux), France
77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc
Château Grand Village uses many of the same vineyard farming techniques employed at Guinaudeau’s famous estate, Château Lafleur in Pomerol. Using classic “jardinage” techniques: they practice pruning and de-budding adapted to each vine, crop thinning in summer and de-leafing. The grapes are hand harvested, table sorted, small batch fermentations, preceded by a gentle cold soak. Vinification is characterized by a lengthy maceration of 23 days. After malolactic fermentation takes place the wines are racked into French oak barrels (33% new) and aged for more than a year.
The color is bright red with a fresh nose dominated by red berries. On the palate, the wine is very elegant with a nice balance of red fruits and some delicious notes of roasted coffee. Good length.