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The gently sloping vineyard of Château La Grande Etouble covers 2.2ha in the appellation of Côtes de Bourg, situated close to the Gironde estuary.

 

Ben and Gill have owned Château La Grande Etouble since 2013, before this they ran a small white wine vineyard in the EnglandAfter acquiring the property they extensively renovated the farmhouse, chai and wine cellar, producing an excellent base for oeno-tourism in the region, including a blending room where guests can create their own blends of wine.

They regularly welcome visitors from all over the globe on wine holidays at

French Vineyard Vacations.

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From vine to wine, their grapes receive a high level of manual care, with all grapes being picked by hand. Ben and Gill believe the quality of their wine reflects this natural and organic approach, respecting the terriore and carefully using equipment to cultivate and feed the soil naturally. Soft soil cultivation comnined with annual sowing of green manures are used to improve and revitilise the whole terroir.

By using gentle methods of pruning, maceration and natural fermentations, together with agrobiological techniques which respect the cycle of the vines, their aim is to produce small cuvées of unique wine with beautiful aromas, fresh, fruity flavours and good acidity.

The vineyard is registered

with ECOCERT as “IN CONVERTION”,

with the fully organic label being applied in 2021. 

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Currently only Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines are in use, yet a small 0.6ha plot has been cleared and planted with wild flowers and green manure in preparation for the planting of Malbec and Carmenere vines in the coming vintages.

The vineyard possesses a wide diversity of soils and minerals. Merlot enjoy the deeper clay and limestone soil of the lower vineyard, while the Cabernet Franc express themselves well in the deep sandy loamy soils of the higher end of the vineyard.

Les Garagistes were an elite group of winemakers in the Bordeaux wine region producing “vin de garage”. These wines were all about attention to quality and a higher level of manual care, thus producing fine, quality wines in very small limited quantities.

 

The small batch approach, hand harvesting and attention to organic methods make 

Château La Grande Etouble the modern day Garagiste.

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The Wines

Le Garagiste Series 1

Deluxe 2015

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Vintage: 2015

Appellation: Côtes de Bourg

Colour: Red

Grape varieties: 60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot

Alcohol: 13%

Vine age: 45 years

Harvest: Pre-grape selection before machine harvest.

Vinifications: 3 -5 days Cool maceration, daily pump overs followed by heat-controlled fermentation. 

Elevage: 12 Months in stainless steel cuvées.

Bottling: Bottled in Chateau.

Tasting notes: Ruby red colour, notes of raspberry and vanilla, sweet silky in the mouth, flavour hints of soft red berries, soft gentle tannins, long caramel finish.

Food suggestions: The light freshness of this blend is great for Chicken, pork, and salads of all kinds. 

Serving suggestions: Open an hour prior to serving and serve at 16 - 17C.

per crate of 6:         80 euros

Minimum of one crate ordering (6 bottles), although a mixed crate can be arranged.

Prices are Nett and don't include tax, shipping or insurance.

Le Garagiste Series 1

Deluxe 2016

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Vintage: 2016

Appellation: Côtes de Bourg

Colour: Red

Grape varieties: 90% Cabernet Franc 10% Merlot

Alcohol: 14%

Vine age: 45 years

Harvest: Pre-grape selection before machine harvest.

Vinifications: 3 -5 days Cool maceration, daily pump overs followed by heat-controlled fermentation. 

Elevage: 12 Months in stainless steel cuvées.

Bottling: Bottled in Chateau.

Tasting notes: Deep purple colour, notes of black cherry, big peppery mouthful, flavour hints of black cherry, spicy plum & liquorice, velvety tannins, long caramel and vanilla finish.

Food suggestions: The big peppery mouthful of cabernet franc truly brings any spicy meal to life and this same juicy pepperiness works wonderfully well with a mouth-watering, succulent steak. 

Serving suggestions: Open an hour prior to serving and serve at 16 - 17C.

per crate of 6:         80 euros

Minimum of one crate ordering (6 bottles), although a mixed crate can be arranged.

Prices are Nett and don't include tax, shipping or insurance.

Le Garagiste Series 1

Classic 2016

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Vintage: 2016

Appellation: Côtes de Bourg

Colour: Red

Grape varieties: 60% Merlot 40% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 13.5%

Vine age: 45 years

Harvest: Pre-grape selection before machine harvest.

Vinifications: 3 -5 days Cool maceration, daily pump overs followed by heat-controlled fermentation. 

Elevage: 12 Months in stainless steel cuvées.

Bottling: Bottled in Chateau.

Tasting notes: Ruby red colour, notes of raspberry and vanilla, sweet silky in the mouth, flavour hints of soft red berries, soft gentle tannins, long caramel finish.

Food suggestions: This lighter, fresher, and very sociable wine is great on its own with family & friends. It’s also just right to accompany fish and white meats.

Serving suggestions: Open an hour prior to serving and serve at 16 - 17C.

per crate of 6:         80 euros

Minimum of one crate ordering (6 bottles), although a mixed crate can be arranged.

Prices are Nett and don't include tax, shipping or insurance.

Le Garagiste Series 2

Alchemy 2017

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Vintage: 2017

Appellation: Côtes de Bourg

Colour: Red

Grape varieties: 50% Merlot 50% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 13%

Vine age: 45 years

Harvest: Pre-grape selection before hand harvest.

Vinifications: 3 -5 days Cool maceration, daily pump overs followed by heat-controlled natural yeast fermentation.

Elevage: 15 Months in ceramically toasted French oak barrels.

Bottling: Bottled in Chateau.

Tasting notes: Deep garnet in colour. An expressive nose of black cherry. It has a beautiful presence on the palette, intense spicy flavour.

Food suggestions: The rich spiciness of this wine enhances stronger meats. It has a richness that is delicious with game birds or succulent red meat roast dinners. 

Serving suggestions: Open an hour prior to serving and serve at 16 - 17C.

per crate of 6:         80 euros

Minimum of one crate ordering (6 bottles), although a mixed crate can be arranged.

Prices are Nett and don't include tax, shipping or insurance.

Le Garagiste Series 2

Burlesque 2017

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Vintage: 2017

Appellation: Côtes de Bourg

Colour: Red

Grape varieties: 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 13%

Vine age: 45 years

Harvest: Pre-grape selection before hand harvest.

Vinifications: 3 -5 days Cool maceration, daily pump overs followed by heat-controlled natural yeast fermentation.

Elevage: 12 Months in stainless steel cuvées.

Bottling: Bottled in Chateau.

Tasting notes: Deep purple colour. An excitingly more complex and spicier mouthful with great structure, balance and harmony.

Food suggestions: This saucy wine is a well-balanced beauty. It will have spicy curries, Moroccan lamb tagines and melt in your mouth stews singing and dancing. It’s a firm favourite with a juicy steak too!

Serving suggestions: Open an hour prior to serving and serve at 16 - 17C.

per crate of 6:         80 euros

Minimum of one crate ordering (6 bottles), although a mixed crate can be arranged.

Prices are Nett and don't include tax, shipping or insurance.

Le Garagiste

Tutti Fruité 2018

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Vintage: 2018

Appellation: Côtes de Bourg

Colour: Red

Grape varieties: 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 14%

Vine age: 45 years

Harvest: Pre-grape selection before hand harvest.

Vinifications: 3 -5 days Cool maceration, daily pump overs followed by heat-controlled natural yeast fermentation.

Elevage: 12 Months in stainless steel cuvées.

Bottling: Bottled in Chateau.

Tasting notes: Dense garnet red. Fresh fruity aroma becomes richer after aeration, playing with cherry and blackberry with a nice touch of mocha. In the mouth, it is the sweetness bordering on sweetness that surprises the taste buds. The perfectly melted tannins reveal the fresh fruit of this harmonious wine.

Food suggestions: This wine is wonderful on a warm summer’s day. The lush, fruitiness brings out the best of any outside eating meals such as BBQ’s, pizzas, Salads etc.

Serving suggestions: Open an hour prior to serving and serve at 16 - 17C.

per crate of 6:         80 euros

Minimum of one crate ordering (6 bottles), although a mixed crate can be arranged.

Prices are Nett and don't include tax, shipping or insurance.

Le Garagiste

Gran Turismo 2018

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Vintage: 2018

Appellation: Côtes de Bourg

Colour: Red

Grape varieties: 85% Cabernet Franc 15% Merlot

Alcohol: 13.5%

Vine age: 45 years

Harvest: Pre-grape selection before hand harvest.

Vinifications: 3 -5 days Cool maceration, daily pump overs followed by heat-controlled natural yeast fermentation.

Elevage: 12 Months in stainless steel cuvées.

Bottling: Bottled in Chateau.

Tasting notes: Deep plum in colour, dark and dense. An expressive nose of deep red fruit. It has a beautiful presence on the palette, intense blackberry flavours. Voluptuous with silky tannins, full of rich textures and a lush finish.

Food suggestions: Game birds or red meat meals. Great for Sunday lunches and it’s the perfect wine for celebrations.

Serving suggestions: Open an hour prior to serving and serve at 16 - 17C.

per crate of 6:         120 euros

Minimum shipping amount is six bottles.

Prices are Nett and don't include tax, shipping or insurance.

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