Chateau Grand Village 2021 Bordeaux Blanc

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Chateau Grand Village Rouge is one of Noble Grape's absolute classic reds, one of Bordeaux's great bargains. It has taken us a wee while to catch up with their white, which, before this vintage, I hadn't tasted for a long time. Indeed, not since Omri Ram, head winemaker at Pomerol's, and the Guinaudeau family's other property, Chateau Lafleur, started making the wines. We hoped for the same turnaround in quality with the white, and we weren't disappointed.

The wine is lemony and pithy, with fine minerality and texture. The Semillon is in the background at the moment; right now, it is all Sauvignon. We're absolutely fine with that. With a few years in the bottle, the Semillon will come to the fore a little more. Enjoy right now for its juiciness, or keep it for 6 - 7 years until it unfurls.

Grape Varieties

Drink 2023 - 2028+


Practising Organic

Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 13.5%

This Month's Mixed Cases

The Region



Bordeaux is the region of France, along with Burgundy, that most fine wine drinkers gravitate towards. The reds are almost always a blend of anything up to 6 black varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. Depending on what part of Bordeaux you are in determines which of these varieties dominates, but largely speaking, Merlot is generally the number one.

The heartland of the Cabernets is the Medoc, the left bank of the Gironde Estuary, which is sub-divided into communes and AOCs, the most famous of which are (north to south) St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Among these 4 communes are where the Grands Crus of the Medoc 1855 Classification are to be found, but there are other AOCs where you can find less expensive wines such as Haut Medoc, Listrac-Medoc and Moulis.

To the south of the city of Bordeaux you can find the Graves, Pessac-Leognan and Sauternes AOCs, the latter of which is for sweet white wines whilst the former two are known for both reds and dry whites, normally from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with a smattering of other minor varieties.

The right bank of the estuary is Merlot territory. This is where you will find St Emilion, with all its satellite villages, and Pomerol, the latter being the centre of gravity for Merlot-based wines. However, the most important vineyard of all is the Entré deux Mers - between the seas, or rivers in this case - where the bulk of Bordeaux's wines hail from, many of which are simply labelled as Bordeaux or Bordeaux Superieur, and Bordeaux Blanc Sec or Entré deux Mers for its whites

The Producer

Baptiste Guinaudeau

Baptiste Guinaudeau, Chateau Grand Village, Chateau Lafleur

The Guinaudeau family are owners of the prestigious Chateau Lafleur in Pomerol, one of Bordeaux's greatest wines, known for its long-lived and powerful wines. The family also owns Chateau Grand Village, a Bordeaux Superieur located just beyond the border of Fronsac where they make sublime wines at incredible value for money. Mostly Merlot with some Cabernet Franc which is from cuttings from Lafleur itself and the resulting wine shows the same DNA of richness and power. The same vineyard team from Lafleur also tends the vines at Grand Village, with the same expertise and dedication to making exceptional wines

The Chateau also makes some very accomplished white wines, but we are great admirers of their red, and plan to take on more of their wines in time.

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