Grand Village is situated in Fronsac which is not a name that resonates in Bordeaux these days, however historically the wines of Fronsac were more fêted and more expensive than those of its illustrious neighbour St. Emilion.They transcend the appellation.
The Guinaudeau family has owned and lived in Château Grand Village since 1650. They have made tremendous efforts to improve the quality of the wine.The estate is situated in Mouillac on the far side of Fronsac and covers 50 hectares of vines. The soil is clay and chalk and the vines can be found on both the hillsides and plains of Bordeaux.
The average age of the vines is 20 years old. Both a Bordeaux blanc and rouge are produced each year, classified as Bordeaux Supérieur.
The grapes are carefully selected according to the quality of the harvest and any rejected fruit is sold off as generic Bordeaux. The white is fresh, lively and made for drinking young. The red is also delicious in its youth but has surprising longevity given the appellation level and is normally at its peak around 3-6 years after harvest, depending on vintage. Grand Village is indeed a unique wine that far exceeds its appellation level.
The same 15 strong team who tend the vines at Chateau Lafleur are responsible for the viticulture and wine-making here. With all the resources and savoir-faire of one of Pomerol’s elite estates at their disposal, it is no surprise that the wines produced at Grand Village are spectacular.