We love the story of this property almost as much as we love the wine. Chateau Grand Louis is made at the Caves de Rauzan on the East Bank of the Gironde River, which essentially cuts Bordeaux into two separate places. It was founded in 1929 as a cooperative to help small vineyards during difficult times.
Good management and good soil turned it into a successful enterprise to the point where today they control 9,000 acres of grapes and produce almost 2 million cases of wine. Over 83% of it is red.
The main grapes here are Merlot and Cabernet Franc because the cooler is best for these two grapes. The laws in Bordeaux are quite specific. There are only five permitted grapes that can be grown here and still be called Bordeaux. But there are no laws about what percentage of each. Little by little, each area figured out what percentage works best for each location. After all, they've been doing this for over 500 years.
We were ecstatic to get this gem. We'd read the glowing reports of the 2015 vintage and couldn't wait to taste one. We were not disappointed. It is better than we expected.
This is nothing short of stunning. The deep, rich and dense color signals the depth and flavor to come. Outstanding flavors of ripe plum, anise and chocolate take over and leave you gasping for more. A delight with each sip.