91 Insider Points

REVIEWS

We're consistently impressed by the quality of wine coming out of Chteaux Grand Jean, year after year they produce a consistently drinkable and food friendly wine at a great value.  The 2014 Rouge is once again bright and spicy, showing black cherry, cassis and subtle herbal notes.  Helfty tannins hold up the backend and there's a certain smoked oak element that begs for a pairing off the grill.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ July 2016

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Bordeaux
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • BLEND
    Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon

When a Bordeaux of this pedigree comes our way, we want to shout it from the rooftops. One of our top selling direct imports,it shows deep red fruits. a fruity mouth with notes and exceptional balance for a $10 wine. Hands down, a top value from the vintage heralded for its great performances.

Reasons We Love It:

The experts at Chateau Grand Jean know their vineyards inside and out. Over 250 years experience with this rarified land has been handed down. They have discovered that absolute ripeness is key, and that’s why they use a special harvesting machine to gently pick the grapes at optimal ripeness. The machine increases the speed, allowing the team to pick at the absolute last moment.

Located in Gironde, on the right bank of Garonne River, the vineyards benefit from the cooling influences and morning fog from the river. The combination of this unique geographic feature and the perfect-draining soils makes this terroir highly desirable.

It's an incredible value, but we've noticed that the price has been going up for the past few years. That's because demand for wines of this caliber is increasing, but we're still able to bring it to you at a very wallet-friendly number.

TASTING NOTES 

Soft and fruity wine, round tannins and discreet. Ruby red color. Aroma of ripe red fruits. Fruity on the palate and long finish all curvy.

With a beautiful robe, this wine offers a very fruity nose with red fruits dominance (currant, blackcurrant…). The attack is soft; the mouth is round and ample with a soft tannic structure.

THE STORY TO KNOW

The Entre-Deux-Mers, an area of rolling, vine-clad hills between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, is home to many small producers keen to make a name for themselves, like Michel Dulon. His estate, Château Grand Jean, comprises three distinct vineyards that ripen at different times, so he is able to keep quality consistent even in tricky vintages. In 2009, however, everything came together beautifully and Michel has used the pick of the crop to produce one of his best wines ever! Made from smooth, plummy Merlot, Château Grand Jean is soft enough to drink now but will develop more complex savoury notes with a couple of years' cellaring. A classic partner for a hearty roast, it will be equally delicious alongside cold meats in the Summer.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This wine works beautifully with aged cheeses and red meats. We particularly love this wine with seared ahi tuna, salmon, or bacon wrapped prawns, as well.