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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  • Sémillon

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

  • Sauvignon

  • Mission

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Graves

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  • Château Bouscaut

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

  • Château Haut-Bergey

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

  • Château de Chantegrive

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

  • Château Carbonnieux

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

  • 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 Villa Bel-Air

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

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  • Among the sparklers, Jacquesson's GVS beat out the Schramsberg BdN, though ... semillon was good, but the Graves (85% SB, 15% semillon) was a cut above, even if at its peak or maybe tripping past it. 1992 was a very wet season, lacking in sunlight, phenolic ripeness an issue. Fortunately the wine was well made, and certainly softer if not even... Read More

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  • Our first really warm day here this year.  Had some friends over for bbq ... 2012 Casa Castillo "Las Graves" JumillaThe CBV was uplifting, a great mood changer - the Jumilla was less than I'd hoped for (I like Mourvedre from Jumillia) but with the heat and wine....well, we were feeling fine and full.  Good day and that's all that matters. &nbs Read More

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  • Chateau Latour-Martillac Grand Cru Classe de Graves Pessac Leognan 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau de Chantegrive Graves Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2009

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    a great vintage and the two grapes that are merged together seam to complement each other producing a very smooth and accessible wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Agreed on the Sauv Blanc hierarchy for the most part. However, for the occasion ... I do own/ have cellared some Graves and Loire Sauv Blanc, but I wouldn't think to cellar NZS Read More

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  • Your notes are no surprise, judging by the labels. Sounds like a great wedding, ... ... have to do a tour of Graves and the Loire for sauvignon blanc, then South Africa--*then* North & South Island New Zealand. Will be interested in hearing your comments on Dog Point, Cloudy Bay and others then.  ;-)  I'm much happier with some of the pinot no... Read More

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  • Chateau Bel-Air Gallier Graves 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Toulouze la Metaire Graves de Vayres 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Clerckenwell [ ... ] for £8. Graves de Vayres is an AOC in the Bordeaux region for red and white wines from the communes of Vayres and Arvevres on the west bank of the Dordogne river about 15 miles east of the City of Bordeaux.It should not be confused with the Graves AOC which is further wes... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • "In addition to California examples you should be able to find Sauvignon ... Loire River Valley and the Graves and surrounding portions of Bordeaux. Those are generally good SBs, and include the best made anywhere in the world. California followed thanks to Mondavi as much as anybody else. They're more hit and miss. All the while South Africa ... Read More

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  • Really  Big Al,   Your last post and the accompanying picture of ... ... the Haut-Brion estate in Graves which later became one of the First Growths in the 1855 clqassificatio Read More

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