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2020 Chateau Grand Village, Bordeaux Blanc

Regular price $23
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2020 Chateau Grand Village, Bordeaux Blanc

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Since its acquisition in 1872 by Henri Greloud, Chateau Lafleur was destined to produce wines of great complexity and elegance. The vineyard land, a single contiguous parcel, is gifted with an incredible diversity of terroirs. Now, under the care of the great-great-grandchildren of Henri, the Guinaudeau family, the Chateau continues being one of the premier flag-bearers for Pomerol. The focus here is in the vineyard, with careful vine management ensuring the health and quality of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Chateau Grand Village

Château Lafleur was purchased in 1872 by Henri Greloud, the great-great-grandparent of the present proprietor, Jacques Guinaudeau. After renewing the vineyard and constructing the house and cellar, Henri baptized it as Château Lafleur. A brilliant, even prophetic-like idea, Henri had doubtlessly imagined the wines that would emerge here one day

The property has remained in the family since the original purchase, and Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau have managed the property for the family since 1985. In 2002, they purchased the shares held by other family members and became the sole proprietors, having had the great luck of vinifying the fruit of this mythic cru since that time together with their three children.

Château Lafleur is located at the crest of the Pomerol plateau directly adjacent to Château Petrus and contiguous to Châteaux La Fleur Petrus, Le Gay, Vieux Château Certan and Hosanna. The vineyard is 11.12 acres "d'un seul tenant"- one contiguous parcel. The indescribable complexity of Château La Fleur comes from the great diversity of its soil types: a gravel slope to the northwest, a clay-gravel soil toward the south, a gravel-sand soil toward the east and a rich vein of marl toward the center of the vineyard. The vines, on average, are 30 years old, with an average density of 5,900 vines per acre. The vineyard is planted to Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Franc (50%), one of the highest percentages of this varietal in the appellation. The unique ensemble of grape varieties must be evoked, having the vineyard planted with equal parts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which undoubtedly plays a significant role in the complexity of Lafleur. The priceless genetic heritage of the vineyard at Lafleur, above all our old vine Cabernet Franc, should be duly noted. Part of the vineyard is propagated using the massale selection, which André Robin carried out during the 1930s. His two daughters, Thérèse and Marie Robin, managed to save some of the original vines after the great frost of 1956, most notably the "Bouchet," the name for traditional Cabernet Franc of the right bank.

The estate holds a unique and rare place in the Bordeaux landscape. Above all, they are vignerons, present throughout the year in the vineyards, adapting to and working with nature and climate as best as possible. In the cellar, they adjust the vinification and aging of the wines to be in tune with each vintage's character, always searching for a delicate balance between the aromatic complexity of Cabernet Franc and the charm and energy of Merlot.

Château Lafleur is owned and managed by the Guinaudeau family. The tiny vineyard dates back to 1872, when Mr. Greloud, Mr. Jacques Guinaudeau's forebear, owner of Château Le Gay, purchased Mr. Bernier's parcel. With the meticulous attention of Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau, helped by their son Baptiste and his wife Julie, the wines continually express the natural depth and complexity of this unique vineyard.

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Chateau Grand Village

Since its acquisition in 1872 by Henri Greloud, Chateau Lafleur was destined to produce wines of great complexity and elegance. The vineyard land, a single contiguous parcel, is gifted with an incredible diversity of terroirs. Now, under the care of the great-great-grandchildren of Henri, the Guinaudeau family, the Chateau continues being one of the premier flag-bearers for Pomerol. The focus here is in the vineyard, with careful vine management ensuring the health and quality of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Château Lafleur was purchased in 1872 by Henri Greloud, the great-great-grandparent of the present proprietor, Jacques Guinaudeau. After renewing the vineyard and constructing the house and cellar, Henri baptized it as Château Lafleur. A brilliant, even prophetic-like idea, Henri had doubtlessly imagined the wines that would emerge here one day

The property has remained in the family since the original purchase, and Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau have managed the property for the family since 1985. In 2002, they purchased the shares held by other family members and became the sole proprietors, having had the great luck of vinifying the fruit of this mythic cru since that time together with their three children.

Château Lafleur is located at the crest of the Pomerol plateau directly adjacent to Château Petrus and contiguous to Châteaux La Fleur Petrus, Le Gay, Vieux Château Certan and Hosanna. The vineyard is 11.12 acres "d'un seul tenant"- one contiguous parcel. The indescribable complexity of Château La Fleur comes from the great diversity of its soil types: a gravel slope to the northwest, a clay-gravel soil toward the south, a gravel-sand soil toward the east and a rich vein of marl toward the center of the vineyard. The vines, on average, are 30 years old, with an average density of 5,900 vines per acre. The vineyard is planted to Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Franc (50%), one of the highest percentages of this varietal in the appellation. The unique ensemble of grape varieties must be evoked, having the vineyard planted with equal parts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which undoubtedly plays a significant role in the complexity of Lafleur. The priceless genetic heritage of the vineyard at Lafleur, above all our old vine Cabernet Franc, should be duly noted. Part of the vineyard is propagated using the massale selection, which André Robin carried out during the 1930s. His two daughters, Thérèse and Marie Robin, managed to save some of the original vines after the great frost of 1956, most notably the "Bouchet," the name for traditional Cabernet Franc of the right bank.

The estate holds a unique and rare place in the Bordeaux landscape. Above all, they are vignerons, present throughout the year in the vineyards, adapting to and working with nature and climate as best as possible. In the cellar, they adjust the vinification and aging of the wines to be in tune with each vintage's character, always searching for a delicate balance between the aromatic complexity of Cabernet Franc and the charm and energy of Merlot.

Château Lafleur is owned and managed by the Guinaudeau family. The tiny vineyard dates back to 1872, when Mr. Greloud, Mr. Jacques Guinaudeau's forebear, owner of Château Le Gay, purchased Mr. Bernier's parcel. With the meticulous attention of Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau, helped by their son Baptiste and his wife Julie, the wines continually express the natural depth and complexity of this unique vineyard.


Vinous

Vinous

90

The 2020 Grand Village Blanc has a fresh bouquet with lime, grapefruit and peach skin scents, quite pure, not complex, though seductive. The palate is well balanced with a nervy entry, lovely oily texture (which Baptiste Guinaudeau attributes to the more solar vintages) with a touch of bitter lemon, pear drop and stem ginger towards the finish. Delicious.

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Vinous

Vinous

90

The 2020 Grand Village Blanc has a fresh bouquet with lime, grapefruit and peach skin scents, quite pure, not complex, though seductive. The palate is well balanced with a nervy entry, lovely oily texture (which Baptiste Guinaudeau attributes to the more solar vintages) with a touch of bitter lemon, pear drop and stem ginger towards the finish. Delicious.