Château Le GRAND VERDUS
Winemaker Thomas now runs the family 130h estate which produces excellent quality Bordeaux Superieur in both red and white.
The le Grix de la Salle family have owned this 16th century Chateau and its vineyards since 1810. Set in rolling hillside country between the Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers regions, the Chateau is around 20 km east of Bordeaux itself. Before World War II winemaking wasn’t a large feature at the estate, but that changed in 1947 with the planting of more land and the passion of Phillipe Grix de la Salle, current winemaker Thomas’ grandfather. After stints working abroad, with robert Mondavi amongst others, more unusual then than now, Thomas’ father Antoine joined the business in 1975. He still works alongside his own sons at the Chateau today.
Grand Verdus boasts a diversity of terroir, from gravel and chalk higher up the slopes, to clay and silt at the bottom, spread throughout its vineyards. This in turn provides good conditions for a number of grapes and in turn adds to the complexity of the wines. From plump, velvety merlot, elegant yet structured Cabernet Sauvignon and rich, floral Cabernet Franc, Thomas blends wines of depth and finesse.
“Our approach to wine-growing is driven by an overwhelming concern for the environment. We are constantly reviewing our procedures to try to protect our fertile natural environment”
Antoine Le Grix de la Salle.
Chateau Grand Verdus has now achieved HVE 3 certification. This ‘high environmental value’ award is given to wine growers who increase biodiversity, decrease the use of pesticides and fungicides and strictly manage their use of both fertiliser and water. HVE 3 is the most stringent level and the hardest to achieve. It is a sign of the families commitment to both their land and the future generations who will inherit it. It’s a fantastic initiative and we are very proud to work with such committed and focussed growers.
Thomas has also been busy producing a new range of wines using techniques, new, old and truly ancient, which are not often seen in Bordeaux. We have tasted and we are excited, we’re sure you will be too!
| Château Le Grand Verdus Blanc [Read More]|
60% Sauvignon blanc, 30% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle
| Château Le Grand Verdus Rouge [Read More]|
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet franc.
| Château Le Grand Verdus, Generation [Read More]|
60% Sauvignon blanc, 30% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle. 13 months in 1 & 2-year-old barrels.
| Château Le Grand Verdus Grande Reserve [Read More]|
82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate’s four oldest and best plots, harvested by hand. 16 months ageing in 55% new barrels. Just beginning to drink well, the 2010 is excellent value for money.
| Château Grand Corbin Manuel, St Emilion Grand Cru [Read More]|
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Thomas is also the winemaker at this estate with increasingly promising results. The 2011 is showing a good balance between plummy fruit and complex cedar and tobacco flavours and is drinking very well.
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