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Chateau Grand Village 2011, Bordeax Superieur


Owned by the Guinaudeau of Chateau LaFleur (Pomerol) fame, this is the family property. As a Bordeaux Superieur, it must adhere to the stricter AOC guideline - 12 months ageing minimum, and old vines from single parcels. 

This is a wonderful example of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the right bank of Bordeaux. Impeccably made by the illustrious team from Chateau LaFleur, this is a light and energetic wine, demonstrating the cooler temperatures of the 2011 vintage. 

Jancis Robinson gives this 16.5/20:

83% Merlot (harvested 13-14, 21 and 29 September), 17% Cabernet Franc (1 October). Rich deep black cherry colour. Gentle, restrained dark fruit. Delicately fragrant. Fine and upright and quite strict but with dark fruit spreading on the mid palate. Refined and long. So fine. (JH) (Drink between 2014-2020)

John Gilman, View from the Cellar, gives this 88/100:

The Guinaudeau family’s estate in Lalande de Pomerol, Château Grand Village, is labeled simply as a Bordeaux Superiore by the Guinadeaus, as they have some very good adjacent parcels of older vines that carry outside of the communal boundary of Lalande de Pomerol, and rather than make a different wine from these, they prefer to have the flexibility to blend it into the Grand Village by using the lower level appellation on the label. The 2011 Grand Village has tuned out quite well and was one of the top Lalande de Pomerols that I tasted on this trip, as it offers up a complex nose of black cherries, a touch of raspberry, woodsmoke, a nice base of soil, fresh herbs and just a touch of oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely reserved in style, with a good core, good soil inflection and an impressively tangy, modestly tannic finish. A serious example of Lalande de Pomerol. (Drink between 2018-2035)

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