Blend: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
93pts James Suckling
Ripe blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose with cloves, damp earth and a touch of orange zest. It’s medium-bodied with firm, sleek tannins. Lovely precision and evolution with spice and walnut notes coming out on the finish. Try from 2024.
91pts Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 les Grands Chênes comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of stewed black plums, warm cassis and boysenberries, plus suggestions of pencil shavings, wild sage and crushed rocks. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with energetic, crunchy black fruits, supported by fine-grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing with a compelling herbal lift.
You feel the warmth of the summer in the texture and the character of the fruit here, but it has been extremely well handled, and there's a sense of lift alongside the Magrez signature glamour. Plush damson fruits demonstrate its ambition and sense of forward motion, with a flourish of oak edging. This takes its time and is chewy on the finish. Harvested 24 September to 11 October. Michel Rolland consults.
90pts Jeb Dunnuck
Readers looking for a delicious, ready-to-go Médoc with classic aromas and flavors as well as medium to full-bodied richness should snatch up bottles of the 2018 Château Les Grands Chênes. Loaded with plenty of darker currant fruits, notes of cedary herbs, and tobacco, ripe, almost sweet tannin's, and outstanding length, it's going to drink nicely for at least 10-12 years.
Chateau Les Grands Chenes is a leading Medoc Cru Bourgeois property that is now producing wines comparable in quality to many 4eme and 5eme Cru Classe chateaux.
The vines are planted around a former XVIth century fortress in a part of the Medoc appellation that had very dynamic trade relations with the rest of the world thanks to the port of Saint-Christoly du Medoc.