Château de Grandchamp is the only domaine on the hillside overlooking the ancient commune of Parsac, located in the Montagne Saint-Emilion appellation on the right bank of the Dordogne. Vigneron Gonzague Maurice manually farms Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in densely planted vineyards rooted in clay-limestone soils with small traces of iron. The vineyard has been in organic conversion since 2010, however grass is sown regularly between vine rows and ploughing is done in alternating rows. Gonzague’s sole objective in the vineyard is to obtain perfectly ripe and clean fruit. Triage is done in both the vineyard and the cellar to ensure the highest quality grapes. In the cellar, grapes are vinified in small, temperature-controlled tanks and then aged in a combination of tank and one to two year old barrels. Above all, he seeks to preserve the fruit throughout the fermentation and ageing processes. The resulting wine is aromatically vibrant and beautiful balanced with soft tannins.
The rock carving on the front label originates from a small 18th century tower located in the middle of the Grandchamp vineyard. It represents a pioneer on the Route de Saint Jacques de Compostelle, a pilgrimage route of thousands to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain where the remains of apostle Saint James are said to be buried.
VARIETAL NOTES: 90% merlot, 10% cabernet franc
VINEYARD: 3.24 hectares situated in the high hills of the ancient commune of Parsac.
SOIL: Clay/limestone with iron flecks
VITICULTURE: In organic conversion. All work done by hand with the sole objective of obtaining perfectly ripe and clean grapes. Triage is done in the vineyard and and the cellar.
VINIFICATION: Vinified in concrete
AGING: Aged in concrete. Always working to preserve the fruit throughout elevage.
NOTES:A smooth wine with nice character and balance.