Château les Grands Chênes Médoc 2015
Château Les Grands Chênes, located in the Médoc appellation of Bordeaux, has been producing wine since 1880, and was originally used as a fort during the 16th century. The estate was purchased in 1981 by Jacqueline Gauzy Darricade who spent both time and money on improving the property before it was sold to Bernard Magrez in 1998. Magrez is known for a dedication to quality and authenticity, he also owns the historic and illustrious Château Pape Clement in Graves. The 38 hectare Les Grands Chênes Left Bank vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. Situated in the northern part of the Bordeaux appellation, the vineyard has a terroir of gravel, limestone deposits and a bit of clay in the soil. This is one of the better terroirs in located this far north in the Haut Medoc, as they have elevations and a view of the Gironde, which creates a micro-climate. On average, the vines are 30 years of age.
To produce the wine of Chateau Les Grands Chenes, the grapes are whole berry fermented. Vinification takes place in a combination of large wood vats and stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Les Grands Chenes is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. On average, 15,000 cases of Les Grands Chenes wine are produced every year.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Medoc|
|Brand||Château les Grands Chênes|
Wine EnthusiastThis is the northernmost of the many properties owned by major Bordeaux personality, Bernard Magrez. It shares the same richness as many of the wines produced under his name while also having a light touch of acidity and black-currant crispness. With the ability to age, it will be ready from 2023.
James SucklingBright ripe red berries, tea and bracken lead to a palate that has smoothly rendered tannins and vibrant red-berry flavors. Delicious now. Drink or hold.
VinousThe 2015 Les Grands Chênes offers arguably the best value pound for pound of any of the wines in Bernard Magrez's stable. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and dark spices abound. Virile and imposing, the 2015 is a big, intense wine with considerable personality. The tannins need to be polished a bit, but there is plenty to like. This is a strong effort for the year. The blend is 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Sauvignon. 89-91