Ch. Grimont Bordeaux


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In the kingdom of Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux, Château Grimont occupies an important place among the true greats of the appellation. On the banks of the Garonne, this magnificent Château, built during the 17th and 18th centuries, has played host to an array of illustrious artists. Among them, the author Eugène Sue was once its owner, who sought solace in this setting instilled with poetry, searching for inspiration far from the whirl of Parisian society.

Painter and sculptor, Rosa Bonheur, loved spending her summers at Château Grimont, her “haven of peace”. Once beyond the sheer magic of the setting, exceptionally
high-quality wines are the main attraction and are often quoted as establishing the benchmark within the appellation.

The 5th edition of the Féret wine guide released in 1886 already featured Château Grimon as a Cru of exceptional finesse and received the Gold Medal from the Minister for being the best-kept vineyard in Bordeaux. Customers flocked from afar via the Garonne river, before mooring their boats on the estate’s pontoons to load up with barrels of wine.

In 1958, the Yung family, repatriated from Algeria, settled in Bordeaux and acquired Château Grimont. The date would mark the beginning of the incredible story of the Yung family and Côtes de Bordeaux wines, with several new acquisitions including Château Sissan in 1990. Various leaseholds have since been added to the portfolio, confirming the leadership of the latest generation within the appellation.

Today it is the two brothers who keep their father’s dream alive and work tirelessly to develop this tradition. Both very different, yet very much in unison, they complement
each other admirably to run the estate. Collaboration is their most powerful asset to ensure that Château Grimont’s history is firmly etched as a benchmark of the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation.

In this clay-gravel vineyard mainly occupying the slopes, Paul and Jean have launched a quality offensive. Ultimate perfectionists and very in touch with the profession and their customers alike, they constantly seek the latest discoveries and innovative solutions, and every year invest heavily to this end. In a bid to reveal a plethora of aromas, the brothers
have installed high-performance sorting equipment at the entrance to the winery, while the entire tank room is equipped with automatic pump-over tanks, working around the clock.

Credit where credit is due. You cannot fail to be impressed by the Yung family’s achievements to maintain and even strengthen Château Grimont’s status within the appellation. By no means an easy feat, they have succeeded in rising to the very heights of this exceptional site.

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon;  average vine age is 25 years.  The grapes are sorted and selected upon entry to the winery, using the latest generation vibrating sorting equipment. Temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. Prefermentation cold soak for improved fruit extraction. Fermentation temperatures are
controlled to finetune the desired type of wine. Automatic pump-over equipment working around the clock in the tank room to optimize aromatics (only very few Châteaux have these facilities) . This structured wine, with its solid core of tannins, has fine potential. Wood-aging flavors still show at the edges. Blackberry fruits and acidity add a contrast of fruitiness.

90 Decanter:  Scented bramble on the nose. Smooth, supple, and energetic….Bright strawberries, red cherries, and raspberries supported by chalky tannins. Soft flecks of spicy licorice linger in the mouth giving the wine Fram and body. Bold, full style, with great drive and persistence, that needs time but feels well worked. Classy and characterful. In organic conversion. 

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