It's always fun to me when your find a lovely wine like our selection and then you look it up and are absolutely amazed. Grand Barradis is on the right bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux, just a few miles from Pomerol, one of the greatest appellations in Bordeaux.
The ch?teau is owned by the Grelaud family, whose roots in Bordeaux go back almost 200 years. At one time they owned Ch?teau Le Gay in Pomerol - until they sold it for $25 million in 2002. Not exactly pocket change, even in Bordeaux.
Obviously this history is not lost on the present owners, who are still part of the Grelaud family. Maryse Blozon Greland is one of the few female winemakers here, but is certainly making a name for herself. The history and position of Bordeaux in the world of wine is unmatched. It is, without question, the most famous and the largest fine wine region in the world.
Unsurprisingly, it's almost impossible to find a bad wine here. The pride of the vignerons just won't allow it. Such is the case with the Grelaud Family, and Maryse in particular.
Their perfectly manicured 30 acres of vines are home to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Most of the blend, 85% of it, is Merlot. This is what accounts for the enveloping flavors on the palate of strawberry and raspberry. It is also what accounts for the soft tannins in the finish. The Cabernet adds just the right amount of structure for a perfect finish.
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