Château La Grolet – Côtes de Bourg ‘Origines’, Bordeaux. Positioned in the Côtes de Bourg on the Gironde’s right bank, directly across from esteemed Margaux, Château La Grolet owns the distinction of being part of the mere 1.4% of Bordeaux producers to be certified biodynamic. The Hubert family, stewards of the land in the truest sense, are the owners and proprietors but also the vignerons, actually farming the land and making the wine themselves (also uncommon for landowners in the region). Catherine Hubert’s grandfather was the first in the family to put down roots in wine country, purchasing the sister property in Blaye, Château Peybonhomme, in 1890. In 1997, Catherine and her husband Jean-Luc fell in love with La Grolet a few miles south, purchased the castle and vineyards, and set about carving out their place in the history of Côtes de Bourg.
What to expect: With a cépage of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec, this is a lifted, fresh style of Bordeaux. La Grolet offers crunchy plums, nervy forest berries, and juicy pomegranate fruit tones. The structure is tight knit with the saline tang of terroir and length uncommon at this price.