A blend of Merlot (86%) and Cabernet Franc (14%), which as the name ‘Superieur’ suggests, is a step up from the average red Bordeaux. Having overcome a challenging vintage in 2016, which saw extremes of an unusually dry winter, spring frosts and summer storms which threatened the ripening grapes, the results are a wine which belies its AOC status and emphasises the skill of its makers. The Grand Village has classic Merlot aromas of blackcurrant, plum and ripe black cherries while the Cabernet Franc adds a subtle aromatic freshness which is combined with gentle spice from barrel ageing in French oak for 15 months.
Chateau Grand Village is home to the Guinaudeau family, Jacques and Sylvie and their children Baptiste and Julie who oversee the vines on site and also at two other sites in Fronsac. With the same 15 strong team who look after viticulture and winemaking at the family’s crown jewel – Chateau Lafleur in Pomerol, responsible for creating the Grand Village, the quality on show here is no surprise. Fronsac is on the right bank of the Dordogne River, not far from St Emilion and Pomerol, and while not the most glamorous of all vineyard appellations in the Bordeaux area, undoubtedly offers superb value. This drinks well by itself (decant it to soften the Bordeaux tannins a little) or is a fantastic match with roast meats, stews and hard cheeses, and will keep till 2023 at least. A benchmark right-bank red Bordeaux at a great price! 15% ABV.