Chateau Grand Village 2018 Bordeaux Superieur
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Chateau Grand Village is located in Mouillac, just beyond the borders of Fronsac. The estate is run by the Guinaudeau family, owners of Pomerol's legendary Chateau Lafleur. This wine has always been one of Bordeaux's great value wines, but in recent years, in fact probably starting with this vintage, the 2018, we have seen the wine reach new levels of brilliance. The wine is incredibly rich, but so polished, refined and masterfully put together. You can certainly recognise the Lafleur DNA (their Cabernet Franc is grown from cuttings from Lafleur of an old biotype of this variety called Bouchet) in this wine for its power and richness. It wasn't until after I had made my tasting note that I noticed this vintage is a whopping 15.5% alcohol. In my 30 years of selling Bordeaux I have never seen this before, but it's not obvious on the palate. With a hour's decant, you can enjoy this right now, but I have experience of older vintages, and it has great capacity for ageing. A true bargain from Bordeaux, which is a bit of a rarity nowadays.
"This has huge personality and is a wine to start taking serious note of. The fruits here are pretty dark, the Cabernet Franc really taking the lead, with more cool blue fruit than is usual with Grand Village, real grip and depth to the tannic hold and salinity through the finish. From the Guinaudeau family of Château Lafleur." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine, 92 Points
"Bright crimson. Really quite a heady nose. Rich and luscious but with good freshness. Much more sophisticated than most Bordeaux Supérieurs because there's the richness on the nose but a dry, fine-tannined finish. Though it's still quite dry on the end and is clearly made to age."
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, 16.5+ Points