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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  • Mission

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Sauvignon

  • 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...

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  • André Lurton

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

  • Château de L'Hospital

    On a par with the greatest Bordeaux wines, Château de L’Hospital, situated in Portets in the hear...

  • Château Haut Selve

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

  • 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 Smith Haut-lafitte

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

  • 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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  • I am drinking a bottle of sweet botrytised white,an 'Ovation du Cros Graves Superieures 2013' Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ovation du Cros Graves Superieures 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £6. Graves Superieures is an AOC created in 1937 for sweet botryised white wines from 44 communes south of the City of Bordeaux and north of the small town of Langon. [The Graves AOC was created in the same year for dry white and red wines from the same area] Graves Superieures includes S... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Good results from Graves for the vintage it would seem. The Pape Clement will be good a decade or so down the line. Domaine de Chevalier is always good. One of my favorite SBs (it usually has a higher SB proportion than the PC) on this earth.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • This is pertinent to that other thread I started on product placements (sortof) ... quality of the Pomerols and Graves wines in 2012 is closer to what one would consider a great vintage than the general image of 2012. This is truly great wine and not far off their magnificent 2005 and 2010. Full-bodied, with rich cassis, subtle burning embers a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Château Coustaut Red Bordeaux Blend Cadillac 2007

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    Wine review by testscreen


  • I had roast lamb yesterday so I started a bottle of a '98 right bank claret ... ... Lesparre from the tiny Graves de Vayres appellatio Read More

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  • Chateau Lesparre 1998

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/77354.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... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Cantelaudette Graves de Vayres Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by gretch23


  • Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2011

    Snoothrank:

    This intriguing, not-so-cheap Graves white from the somewhat unheralded 2011 vintage offers a nose of herbal tea - tisane with chamomile and lemon peel, perhaps, with a hint of spearmint. Very inviting. The entry is presents a pleasant hedonic hit as well with peach, sweet lemon and pear. There is some tartness, but mostly balanced, elegant an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Haut Bergey 2011

    Snoothrank:

    This edition of Haut-Bergey is a very pleasant surprise:it has a mild nose of red currants, plum and blackberry that evokes parfum, while on the palate the soft tannin is already dissipating with elegant licks of plum and blackberry on a moderately long finish. Drinking nicely now, it might last another 4-5 years. But why wait? 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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