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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Varietals Produced in Graves View all

  • 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 Villa Bel-Air

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

  • 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 Bouscaut

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

  • André Lurton

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

  • Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion

    Château Larrivet Haut-Brion was acquired by the Gervoson family in 1987. They restored the estate...

  • Château Belon

    The family Dépiot has invested since the 18th century in the agricultural sciences, agronomy, t...

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Graves on Snooth

  • Whoops, re read my post above.  That bottle will be good--let's go ... ... Léognan [in the Graves area] after [the considerably more expensive] Haut-Brion. It’s a wine in a modern style — some would argue a little too modern, but that’s just a matter of opinion.”Whether one liked it or not, it was clear that the merlot was throwing people off... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I refreshed my memory on Lichine, after it had gathered cobwebs for a couple of ... ... than labeling it "Graves," Lichine and Schoonmaker found its sales volume to increase several-fold. More important, they were able to sell it in the important east coast U.S. market. Others, such as Robert Mondavi, soon adopted the practice, which has becom... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Chateau la Garde 2012

    Snoothrank:

    The 2012 la Garde has blackberry and raspberry notes to the bouquet coupled with a deep, blood-red colour. The wines from Pessac-Leognan seem to have done well; the grapes were likely manually harvested (were in the past) and certainly taste pure on the palate where Merlot notes of cherry seem to come through more strongly at first... then the ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chapelle de Martignac Graves 2000

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Graves is an AOC created in 1937 although there has been viticulture in the area since at least the Romans for dry white and red wines from 44 communes south of the City of Bordeaux and north of the small town of Langon. My bottle was made at Chateau Martignac,a small estate at B... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The newspapers this morning in the UK had reports of last night's  ... ... 2007Chateau Haut-Brion Graves 1989Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2008Warres Vintage Port 19 Read More

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  • Chateau Rahoul 2012

    Snoothrank:

    This is a delicious Merlot-based Graves that is ready right now; graphite and cherry greet the nose, and the entry is dominated by Merlot-typical cherry and some residual tannin/lignin. Finish is smooth and fruity - though not nearly so dense as the 2010 or 2009 (as expected). Good value. A bit underrated, methinks. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Good to hear from you, NG. I've been rarely about, but I may still have you ... I grew up on the Loire and Graves, not on California SB (though I helped my sister choose Mondavi Fume Blanc for one of her Wedding Reception wines way back when). So Dog Point comes across to me like a ninja fake on Cloudy Bay styling.. Read More

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  • Château Bahans Haut-Brion Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2005

    Snoothrank:

    This 10 year old wine from the revered 2005 vintage exudes a melange of black and red berry on the nose - with a touch of wet loam... quite rich, without being jammy. On entry, there is vanilla (light oak), a noticeable pucker on the palate suffused with gobs of wild bilberry and sweet cherry. Will keep 5-7 more years but fine for drinking now.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Sylvain Raymond Graves 2003

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80825. Graves is an AOC created in 1937, although there has been viticulture in the area since at least the Romans, for dry white and red wines from 44 communes south of the City of Bordeaux and north of the small town of Langon.Chateau Sylvain Raymond is an 18 hectare proper... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Rochemorin Pessac-Leognan 2009

    Snoothrank:

    This wine is great for the price. The blend and its young grapes allows the wine to be both elegant, fruit forward, and spicy. On the nose, there's lush dark and overripe berries, cardamon, and earth. The pallet is super soft and reflects the nose with the addition of soft ancho chili and sage. Would be great with venison or lamb. Read More

    Wine review by jackandterah


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