"The Nony family has been producing Château Garraud in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation, northeast of Bordeaux, in the Libourne area, for 3 and nearly 4 generations. This is the main wine from the family vineyards."
Created by the Count de Kermartin in the mid-19th century, Garraud’s vineyards appears in the 1868 edition of Le Féret.
Léon Nony bought the vineyard in 1939 and started to renovate and expand it. After his death in 1959, his son, Michel, then his grandson, Jean-Marc, continued his work.
In the 1990’s, the vat room and cellars were completely renovated to incorporate new techniques and the latest thinking in terms of vinification and ageing, while preserving traditional know-how.
In 1997 and 2007, the family extended the vineyards.
With Merlot as the dominant grape variety, as well as Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this vineyard gives its wines elegance, depth and ageing potential.
Today, Château Garraud is the “First Wine” of this large 36-hectare Lalande de Pomerol vineyard located in a well-known historical wine region.
Located on the geological prolongation of the Pomerol plateau, varied soils (clay, gravel, clay-gravel).
Average age of vines
Around 30 years old
Around 6 000 vines/ha
Double Guyot pruning, bud removal, sustainable soil enrichment, leaf thinning, green harvesting if necessary, ploughing, managed grass cover, harvesting when the grapes reach perfect maturity.
Vine treatments only if necessary (with preference given to more environmentally-friendly products and application methods), effluent treatment, the use of local suppliers when possible, and selective waste management.
Plot selection, sorting of the harvested grapes, full destemming, fermentation in stainless steel temperature-controlled vats, control of the maceration process and vinification temperatures.
In concrete tanks and barrels (of which around 1/3 are new barrels) in the underground barrel cellar. Fining if necessary.
The wines used for this “First Wine”, which only represents between 1/3 and 2/3 of the vineyard’s production, are selected for their fine quality and synergy. The blend is predominantly made up of Merlot (over 70%), complemented by Cabernet Franc and a small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon.
50 000 to 130 000 bottles depending on the vintage. Bottled at the château.
Best drinking time
Between 5 and 15 years depending on the vintage and personal preferences.
Direct sales partnerships with importers in all countries, and direct sales to the general public, wine stores and restaurateurs in France.
The vintages of Château Garraud
Click on a vintage below to access its data sheet:
Château Garraud 2016
Château GARRAUD 2016 : 14.5-15/20
Cherries, elderberries, fresh, meaty, soft, fine tight juicy tannins, well-balanced ageing, well-rounded, taut.
Le Point n°2332, 18/05/2017, France
Château GARRAUD 2016 : 90-91 pts
Firm, silky and muscular with a pretty combination of silky tannins and bright acidity. Medium body and a linear finish. Chewy.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, 24/03/2017. USA
Château Garraud 2015
Château GARRAUD 2015 : Silver Medal
Attractive floral leafy blackcurant aromas. Concentrated black fruit and spice palate with fresh leafy edge.
London International Wine Challenge, 12/05/2017, UK
Château GARRAUD 2015 : 92-93 pts
A red with lots of character and intensity with walnut and blackberry character. Full and velvety textured.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, 04/04/2016. USA
Château Garraud 2014
Château GARRAUD 2014 : 1 Star
The Nony family, originally from the Corrèze region, has owned Château Garraud, a leading wine estate in Lalande, since 1939. The vineyards of Treytins, straddling the Lalande and Montagne AOCs, were added to the property in 1997. Jean-Marc Nony, the grandson of the founder, Léon Nony, is at the helm today. This well-known wine looks very good with a strong colour promising good concentration. We love its very fresh, red fruit bouquet, complemented by a hint of chocolate, as we do its palate, which is fruity and liquoricy, solid and fresh, juicy and long. Undoubtedly has good cellar-ageing potential.
Guide Hachette 2018, September 2017, France
Château GARRAUD 2014 : SILVER Medal
Mundus Vini 2017, 28/02/2017, Germany
Château GARRAUD 2014 : 90 pts
This is very much what a lot of people around the world are looking for when they buy a Pomerol. The ripe plum fruit with a hint of vanilla and the full, round body are well supported by the powerful, dry tannins. If they were a little more polished on the finish, it would have scored higher. Better in 2020.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, 13/02/2017, USA
Château GARRAUD 2014 : Silver Medal
Structured and intense, it features a good expression of blackberries, cherries, lingonberries and pencil shavings. Firm tannins and a promise of great things to come.
London International Wine Challenge 2016, UK
Château GARRAUD 2014 : 89-90 pts
A firm and tight young red with blueberry, milk chocolate and walnut character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, 23/03/15. USA
Château Garraud 2013
Château GARRAUD 2013 : 86/100 - Gold
Matured colour, with an orange hue. Opens with smoky aromas, jammy fruits and underbrush. Mature, with well-integrated tannins. Ripe aromatic register supported by powerful oak. Structured and chewy, a good match with spicy meat.
Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2016, France
Château GARRAUD 2013 : 84-85 pts
A little lean, with berry and chocolate character. Medium body, fresh finish.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 09/04/2014, USA
Château GARRAUD 2013 : « Successes »
Plenty of fruit followed by fine tannins, showing a good balance of ripeness
Revue des Vins de France, Raoul Salama, May 2014, France
Château GARRAUD 2013 : 87-89 pts
Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, leather and game meld together in the 2013 Garraud. The flavors are broad, resonant and also a bit wild, yet all the elements fall into place nicely. There is no shortage of personality here.
Vinous, Antonio Galloni, April 2014
Château GARRAUD 2013 : Favourite – 14,5 pts /20
Spices, toasted notes and black fruits on the round, supple, mouthwatering palate. Soft tannins, nice fruit.
Le Point N° 2175, Jacques Dupont, May 2014, France
Château Garraud 2012
Château GARRAUD 2012 : 4 glasses
Lovely expressive aromas of black fruits, suave floral and smoky undertones, and great minerality follow through to a full-bodied, fleshy palate, showing a firm tannic backbone, lingering flavours and balance. Good potential.
Guide Hubert 2016, Hélène Durand, France
Château GARRAUD 2012 : 1 star
This Lalande blends 70% merlot with 30% cabernet (mostly cabernet franc) sourced from iron-rich clay ("crasse de fer") and gravel soils. Aged for one year in barrel, it feels very young: deep purple colour and a reticent nose delivering subtle toasted notes upon aeration (from the oak aging). Lovely full-bodied and round palate, with vanilla flavours and tannins that will soften with time.
Guide Hachette 2016, September 7, 2015, France
Château GARRAUD 2012 : 13,5 – 14 /20
Red fruit aromas, with a round and supple mouthfeel, showing restraint. Needs some time in the cellar, as it is still a bit closed.
Le Point n° 2243, September 2015, France
Château GARRAUD 2012 : Silver Medal
Concours des Vignerons Indépendants Paris 2015 - France
Château GARRAUD 2012 : Gold / 87 pts
Deep garnet color. Delicate aromas of vanilla and oak over a ripe fruit background. Soft, juicy and round on the palate. Clean finish, great fruit-oak balance. A distinct Lalande personality that benefited from the oak aging.
Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2015, France
Château GARRAUD 2012 : 86 pts
A fine and delicate red with plum and cherry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. A little short. Drink now.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, February 23, 2015, USA
Château GARRAUD 2012 : Bronze Medal
Youthful fruity nose of plums and blackberries with a touch of cedar. Sweet red and black currants and a fruity finish.
London International Wine Challenge 2014, UK
Château GARRAUD 2012 : 83-85 pts
eRobertparker.com, 26/04/13, USA
Château Garraud 2011
Château GARRAUD 2011 : 86 pts
Deep garnet colour. Expressive nose of smoke, plum and sour cherry with a hint of spice. Well-defined structure, crispy, exuberant, fresh, mixing vegetal notes and spices. Slightly firm finish. It should be approachable soon…
Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2015, France
Château GARRAUD 2011 : 87 pts
A little diluted in the mid-palate but shows pleasant berry and chocolate character. Medium body, soft tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 19/02/2014, USA
Château GARRAUD 2011 : 1 Star
The Nony family, originally from Correze, owns Ch. Garraud - a great Lalande value since 1939 and Chateau Treytins - spread over the Lalande and Montagne AOCs - since 1997. Jean-Marc Nony, the grandson of the founder Leon, is the current owner. Although not as spectacular as the 2010, a Guide Hachette selection, the 2011 holds some nice features. The wine exhibits a dark, attractive color, expressive ripe fruit aromas, a dense and generous mouthfeel (prune spirit) held together by ripe tannins and a gentle freshness. A full-bodied and well-balanced wine.
Guide Hachette 2015, France
Château GARRAUD 2011 : Gold Medal
Concours Général Agricole, Paris 2013, France
Château GARRAUD 2011 : 15 pts /20
Good depth of fruit. Well structured and fresh..
James Lawther, Decanter.com 2012, UK
Château GARRAUD 2011 : 86-87 pts
A wine with blueberry and mineral character but a little hard. We will see how it develops.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 2012, USA
Château GARRAUD 2011 : 2 stars
Vino n° 3/2012, Bernard Sirot, 22/05/2012, Belgique
Château GARRAUD 2011 : Bronze Medal
Spicy compote and light raisin fruit. Tannic grip followed by chocolate/cocoa flavours, deep and soft, appealing.
London International Wine Challenge 2013, UK
Château Garraud 2010
Château GARRAUD 2010 : Coup de Coeur – 2 étoiles
In three generations, the Nony family has created one of the most important estates of the appellation, whose wines are regularly reviewed in these pages. The 2010 is a blockbuster, in terms of both quality and yield, which makes this an astonishing accomplishment. This classy, ruby/garnet wine displays delicate and complex aromas of black fruits, with chocolaty, minty, After Eight-like oak nuances. Straightforward and vibrant on entry, it has a full-bodied mid-palate, supported by firm, tight tannins. The long, fresh and intense finish reveals a powerful, well-balanced and lively wine which can be enjoyed in its youth or after five or six years of cellaring.
Guide Hachette 2014, France
Château GARRAUD 2010 : 91-92 pts
Solid core of fruit, with chocolate and coffe and berry character. Full and rich with velvety tannins and a long chewy finish.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 23/03/2011, USA
Château GARRAUD 2010 : 16 pts /20
Attractive aromas of ripe fleshy fruit and liquorice, a smooth mid-palate with peppery flavours and some leathery tones, full-bodied with a long finish, needs time to come together.
Jacques Dupont, Le Point N°2017, France
Château GARRAUD 2010 : 86 pts /100
Deep, bright red. Pure red and black berry fruits on the nose with echoes of blackcurrant, cherry and redcurrant. Full and generous on the palate, with lovely aroma replays. Rather rustic in style but harmonious.
Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2014, France
Château GARRAUD 2010 : Bronze Medal
Deep colour, nice black fruit and currants, rich sticky attack and well defined finish
London International Wine Challenge 2012, UK
Château Garraud 2009
Château GARRAUD 2009 :
One of the most reliable wines from Bordeaux at the SAQ, no matter what the vintage. Still a touch jumbly for the moment, but there is some great definition here - mineral core, coated with fleshy red fruits, and perfectly ripe tannin. In a vintage where many wines were pushing overripeness, this shows beautiful restraint.
Bill Zacharkiw, La Gazette de Montréal, 26/03/13, Canada
Château GARRAUD 2009 : 89 pts /100
Deep young red colour. Elegant nose that offers a good depth of ripe red fruits. Velvety and plush mouthfeel with very attractive fruit flavours. Tasty all the way through to the fruity and spicy finish. Beautiful harmony and aging potential.
Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2013, France
Château GARRAUD 2009 : 3,5 glasses
Open nose of blackberry and strawberry layered with clove-like nuances and delicately spicy oak, straightforward on the palate, bearing noticeable tannins, fruit and freshness.
Guide Hubert 2012, Hélène Durand, France
Château GARRAUD 2009
No microvinification here, but a wine made from nearly 33 ha of vines on the terroir of Néac, close to Pomerol. This 2009 shows a deep colour with lovely purple hues. Aromas suggest ripe grapes; the Cabernet (30%) character discretely emerges over notes of blackcurrant and red fruits, while the oak remains relatively discreet. A smooth, expansive and warm entry leads to lovely fresh fruit flavours and tannins with notes of liquorice, leaving a sweet aftertaste. Still 1 or 2 years of patience before enjoying a wine that will hold for at least another 5 or 8 years.
Guide Hachette 2013, France
Château GARRAUD 2009 : Silver Medal
Discreet woody nose. Lovely fruit lounging behind a fine tannic structure. Long, rich, vanilla oak finish.
London International Wine Challenge 2011, UK
Château GARRAUD 2009 : 15.5
Bloody red, powerful palate, quite reticent, nice smooth texture, generous, spices, black fruits, beautiful concentration that does not impair the elegant nature. .
Le Point N° 1964, Jacques Dupont, May 6, 2010, France
Château GARRAUD 2009 : 90-93
Blackberry and floral aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Very well done
Winespectator.com , James Suckling, 09/04/2010, USA
Château GARRAUD 2009 : 15,5
Deep colour. Good volume of fruit. Supple texture. Smooth, round tannins. Drink 2013-2018
Decanter.com, april 2010, UK