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.

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  • Sauvignon

  • Sémillon

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

  • Mission

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Subregions of Graves

Popular Wineries in Graves View all

  • Château de Chantegrive

    In 1966 Henri and Françoise Lévêque acquired a few plots of vines in the commune of Podensac. ...

  • Château Smith Haut-lafitte

    HISTORY: The estate is located in a single block on a gravelly rise; 55 of the 72 hectares are pl...

  • Château Haut Selve

    Chateau Branda is in a region rich in prestigious Castles, in interesting Museums and in typical ...

  • Château Carbonnieux

    Chateau Carbonnieux is located just a few miles from Bordeaux. This beautiful castle overlooks...

  • André Lurton

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

  • Château Haut-Bergey

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

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  • Chateau Cantelys Pessac Leognan 2009

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    This wine takes some air to open up. Moderate color, not inky, soft tannin, some cedar in the nose with plum, spice, black currant and floral notes. Medium body with a fairly long finish. An enjoyable wine but at this price point, I could beat it with a Washington state red blend or cab. My rating-- 89. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Les Hauts de Smith Rosé 2007

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    This revered Pessac Cru Classé of the (mostly) maligned 2007 vintage emits smoke, French Roast Coffee, cedar, tobacco and cassis on the nose - quite inviting, actually; and the entry has a smooth maturity with light tannins and coffee-blackberry flavours dominating the palate and finish. Good finesse and elegance. Drink now for best results. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Pape Clement 2012

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    Wood is a bit inelegant and obvious on the nose. A bit simple and sweetly toasty on the nose today with a green olive and dried herb underlay. A bit thin in the mouth with a bit too much wood tannin making this smooth and dry without much detail on the palate and hard and dry on the tannic finish. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Latour-Martillac 2010

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    Deep, black olive, black fruit, and sweet toasty oak come together on the nose. This is powerfully built, it lacks some energy on the mouth, and the fruit shows a hint of truffly ripeness, but it is smooth, supple and with a powerful, long yet slightly disjointed finish. this really sticks on the palate and is packed with lots of rut and well ma... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Graves Blancs Pessac-Léognan 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Anupong


  • Chateau Perron Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2008

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    Fantastic. One of the best wines I have tried in a while. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • I looked at the wine list and I can't really tell what things cost because ... or so--and they are the only Graves classified for red and white, I think.  Or either of the white Burgundies from Olivier Leflaive look pretty good, both under $90 at current rates. On the whites generally, the Burgs look pretty decently priced for the quality.  I'... Read More

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  • Clos Floridene Grand Vin de Graves 2010

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    Very nice bordeaux with nice tannins from the cabernet and a bit of roundness from the merlot. Still a bit young and reserved but showing nice dark berries and a touch of licorice on the back end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chateau Carbonnieux Grand Cru Classe de Graves Pessac-Leognan 1994

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... the 1950's 16 wines of the Graves appellation were classified as Grand Cru as a marketing exercise and this included Chateau Carbonnieux both red and white.In 1987,however, the northern part of what was the Graves appellation,including Chateau Carbonnieux and most of the more prestigious proper... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Carbonnieux Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by fadywine


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