Chardonnay was imported to France by the crusaders then planted throughout Burgundy by the Benedictines. Its name is said to come from the village of Chardonnay in the Mâcon area. The quality of this grape variety began to be recognised around 1850.
In French, the word for blackbird is “merle”, wich has led to the name Merlot, since it is said that these birds particularly favor these grapes. Know in France as one of the classic grape varieties, Merlot lends itself to making wines that are tender and sensual, with a characteristically full body.
Everyone has his own history; the history of “Grands Vins de Gironde” is written by the entities of which it is made up. With great Bordeaux Houses such as De Luze, “Grands Vins de Gironde” has the advantage of over a hundred years of know-how that has made Bordeaux wines so successful. In line with changes in its business, the group has developed its range and increased its production to meet the needs of an international clientele. More than ever today, “Grands Vins de Gironde” takes its strength from the multi-cultured nature of its firms, which creates a magnificent breeding-ground for skill and knowledge.