Graves Wine

Graves

Graves is a very important part of Bordeaux, located downstream (south) of the city of Bordeaux, south of the Medoc. The name refers to its gravelly soil. The Medoc was just a swamp and it was Graves that produced the best wines of the region until the Dutch drained the Medoc in the 17th century. The region is known for white wines, especially (but not only) botrytized dessert-style ones like Sauternes, but is also home to Haut-Brion, one of the original First Growths, and, in fact, produces more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated reds than whites.

– Description from Hana Choi

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Sauvignon

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Subregions of Graves

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  • La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion

    La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is the second wine of Château La Mission Haut-Brion. This na...

  • Château Haut-Bergey

    In the fifteenth century, the lord of La Louviere and Lord Olivier proceeded to land consolidatio...

  • André Lurton

    A respect for the typicity of our terroir whilst at the same time always searching for a modernit...

  • Château Villa Bel-Air

    Chateau Villa Bel-Air is located in Saint-Morillon in the heart of the “Graves” appellation. In t...

  • Château Malartic-Lagraviere

    Château Malartic-Lagravière, originally Domaine de Lagravière, is a Bordeaux wine from the Pessac...

  • Château Bouscaut

    At Bouscaut we pride ourselves in producing wines that express the terroir in the purest traditio...

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  • I mentioned several days ago how much of a fan of good Burgundy chards I am. ... ... from the Loire or the Graves. With all the other options out there, and many people wanting to talk about new finds, old standards tend to get ignored and even dissed with new drinkers not even being aware of what they offer. But whites like Silex, or a good ... Read More

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  • Chateau Clos Floridene Rouge Graves 2010

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    Clos Floridene (rouge) is an hedonic surprise; the nose is of Parfum de cèdre et épinette, so to speak, with a bed of blackberry. Entry is smooth, full of ripe cherry, blackberry and spruce needles (this accounts for a slight boreal hardness on the finish)... but satisfying, long and deep. Best I have had from this estate. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Olivier Blanc 2012

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    The Chateau Olivier 2012 has attained a nice pinnacle of maturity with good, deep inviting dandelion wine colour,a musky, spicy Sauvignon Blanc nose and high-end viscous allspice, lemon, grass and musk on the palate... finishing long, thirst-quenching and in a satisfying manner. Excellent value. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Brown Pessac Leognan Blanc 2013

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    This Pessac-Leognan blanc was well received by critics upon release, and, indeed, the wine is exceptional for the price: the scent is mysteriously Sauvignon Blanc with fresh musk and lemon grass one moment and Semillon the next with fig and spiced apple; colour is quite deep yellow and entry is infused with cake spice, granny smith apple pie an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Good dry Brut (not the off dry version I had tonight) Champagne first choice. ... ... and dry Loire SB third. Graves SB/semillon blend 4th, picpoul de pinet 5th, Alsatian riesling 6th, Spanish and Portuguese whites next. Have even had pleasurably with dry chenin blanc, whether from Savennieres or South Africa. In Oz and SE Asia have found a n... Read More

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  • Chateau Rahoul Graves Blanc 2013

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    Call it a holdover from student days and wage slavery, but I still rejoice when a gem is found hidden away in the stacks... Chateau Rahoul (Dourthe stable) Blanc is just such a bauble...the scent evokes the Sauvignon Blanc more with gooseberry and lemon grass, with a nice acidic entry and more gooseberry, grass and green fruit on the palate. Gre... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Poumey Pessac-Leognan Bernard Magrey 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £10. It is ... ... the northern part of the Graves appellation.and is very close to the southern part of the City of Bordeaux. My bottle comes from Chateau Poumey,a small property that is part of the Bernard Magrey empire. It consists of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot and i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos des Lunes Lune D Argent 2013

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    The 2013 edition of Domaine de Chevalier's Clos des Lunes (Lune d'Argent) white Bordeaux blend is somewhat more muted on the nose than the previous edition (2012) with gooseberry predominating. Colour is very light yellow. Entry is clean, refreshing and citric - but with a creamier mouthfeel (Semillon dominates) than most other similar Bordeau... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Olivier Blanc Grand Cru Classe 2013

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    Quite a serious wine is the 2013 Olivier; there are the usual grassy, pear and lemon rind notes on the nose, with a clean, acidic entry dominated by lime citrus on the palate - perhaps with a dollop of ripe pear. There is some almond bitterness on the finish, but this will soften in a year or two. Will last several years but quite hedonically ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau la Garde Blanc 2013

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    For several years now, I have been buying a few Chateau la Garde Blanc, and the wine never seems to disappoint; the 2013 edition is weighty with its backbone of Sauvignon Gris, and has a grassy nose followed by mouth cleansing acidity and delicious lemon-lime flavours on the palate. This is a very fine wine for the price and will last 5-10 more... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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