During the French Revolution, the owner of Chateau La Grolet backed the King and ended up donating his most prized possession to the anti-Royalist forces, drenching the history of the Chateau in blood. Literally and figuratively headless, the Chateau charted a wandering course through history until the Hubert’s came along in 1997 and purchased the land and the Chateau.
The Chateau is nestled in the Cotes de Bourg which is located on Bordeaux’s Right Bank where merlot is often the dominant grape in the blend. The winery is a stone’s throw from the banks of the Gironde river, closer to Margaux on the Left Bank than St.Emillon and Pomerol on the Right. Wine making in this area dates back to Roman times and there seems to be evidence that Caesar sent an emissary to build a fortress on the hill above the river as a military outpost.
The soil in Bourg is varied and the region is known for it’s rolling hills. The vineyards are located on southern, exposed steep slopes and on a argillo-gravelly soil. The exposure means that frost is rarely a consern, but the potential for hail makes the family nervous every year.
Of all the bordeaux we've recently reacquainted ourselves with we like the La Grolet because it seem to be so well balanced. Some of this may have to do with the blend - 65% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec. It has nice dark purple fruit, deep marks of clay and iron, firm tannin and some present, but not persistent acidity. It's very, very good wine for the price. It's outstanding bordeaux for the price.
La Grolet Cotes de Bourg $17/btl