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Members of the GVWM team traveled to Bordeaux in April of 2013 to assess the 2012 vintage:

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Grand Vin Wine Merchants exists solely to support you in your pursuit of the world’s finest wines.

We are dedicated to absolute client satisfaction, and we deliver this through competency, endeavor, and loyalty. Our passion and commitment regarding our wines’ provenance is unequaled (many of our wines are “Ex-Château” and “Ex-Cellar”), and through competitive pricing we excel in guiding your selections - no matter how obscure - from our worldwide suppliers to your table.

Ultimately, we know that it is the relationship with the client that matters most, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff strive to make purchasing wine an enjoyable and educational experience for anyone who crosses our threshold - real or virtual. We invite you to personally experience this unique, client-focused approach to wine and we look forward to building our relationship with you today.


 - The Grand Vin Wine Merchants Team


Established in 2011, Grand Vin Wine Merchants is a team of wine professionals and hospitality specialists whose collective experience is several decades old and spans the breadth of professions in the world of fine wine.  Their valuable experience is the foundation upon which GVWM built its international relationships for sourcing and shipping the world’s finest wines. As our name indicates, we have a special relationship with the wines from France’s Bordeaux region, but our passion lies in sourcing “Grand Vin” from the best producers all over the world.  We approach wine as consumers first and businesspeople second which means we source and sell the wines we do out of a personal love of the wine as well as the exceptional experience to be had when sharing a favored bottle with friends and family. 

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James Suckling, world-renowned wine critic, visits Grand Vin Wine Merchants and rates 5 wines in our inventory!

We recently hosted a very special guest: wine critic James Suckling.  We were delighted that he took the time out of his busy schedule to visit our shop in Olympia and that he offered us the opportunity to participate in his recurring “$30 or less – 90 points or more” tasting series.  GVWM’s selection for the tasting performed admirably and we proudly present the results to you here and all wines are currently in stock and available for immediate collection or delivery.

2007 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 
90 JS  @ $19.99

“This is an excellent value from Tuscany. Lovely flowers and dark fruits. Subtle. Full to medium body, with firm and silky tannins and a pretty finish. Balanced. Drink now.” – James Suckling 8/28/11

2007 P. Cambie Côtes du Rhône, Halos de Jupiter 
91 JS  @ $18.00
“Wonderful black pepper and dark fruits on the nose. The aromas are intense. Full-bodied, with round and soft tannins and a juicy, chocolate finish. Lots of fruit.” – James Suckling  8/28/11 

2007 Quinto do Vallado, Douro    90 JS  @  $19.00
“This is a favorite Portuguese wine for me. Lots of violets and berries on the nose with hints of sandalwood. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a fruity finish. Delicious and juicy. Drink now.” – James Suckling 8/28/11

2007 Grand Veneur Lirac, Clos de Sixte 
91 JS  @ $19.00

“Rhone value. Fruity and spicy with lots of meat notes too. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a chocolate and berry character. Long and powerful. Lots going on here. 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre. Drink now.” – James Suckling 8/28/11

2005 Ch. Carignan, Prima  89 JS  @ $29.95
“Loads of fruit with currants and spices on the nose. Lots of dark fruits. Full and juicy. Medium finish. Needs more on the finish to be outstanding. 100 percent Merlot.” – James Suckling  8/28/11

To view James Sucklings' full report on his visit to Grand Vin Wine Merchants, we invite you to go to his blog: www.jamessuckling.com

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