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Château Grand-Maison

In 2004 two friends – oenologist Hervé Romat and wine merchant François Tailliez – realized their dream when they acquired Château Grand Maison, a small but excellent winery in the Côtes de Bourg appellation.
Almost 20% of its 6.5 hectares is planted with the old Noir de Pressac grape variety.
The Côtes de Bourg appellation denotes a small growing area on the right bank of the Gironde, about 40 kilometres north of Bordeaux. This hilly area – "Switzerland in the Gironde", as it is sometimes known locally – is considered a breeding ground for fantastic wines at affordable prices.
Grand Maison is situated on a south-facing hill overlooking the former fishing port of Bourg sur Gironde. This excellent location is further enhanced by its proximity to the Gironde, the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which reaches a considerable width at this point. The microclimate is particularly healthy: the Atlantic winds make sure the vines are constantly well ventilated. This small domain was founded in 1850, when the Côtes de Bourg were still largely planted with the old Noir de Pressac grape variety – the regional name for Malbec, which is highly successful in Argentina yet has practically disappeared from the vineyards of Bordeaux. But at Grand Maison they are still loyal to it: almost 20% of the 6.5 hectares of vineyards are planted with old vines of this interesting variety, complemented by Merlot and a little Cabernet franc. By their efforts, François Tailliez and Hervé Romat – a wine consultant, not only in Bordeaux but also in other countries such as Georgia, Chile and Lebanon – create a particularly smooth, fruity wine, a typical Bordeaux when young that is also eminently suitable for laying down. Natural cultivation in accordance with the principles of integrated production, greening the vine rows, manual harvesting and gentle pumping are a matter of course for them.

Wines from Château Grand Maison