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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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  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon

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  • 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


  • Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan 2013

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    Pessac-Leognan faired quite well in this mostly forgettable vintage - at least with Chateau Carbonnieux. The colour is deeply translucent and the nose inviting with Cabernet-dominated notes of Mediterranean herbs and blackberry - quite inviting, actually. The entry is quite tame, very mildly acidic, with some soft vanilla tannin and a good frui... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • We talking about the striped bass with butter, lemon, capers and anchovies ... ... ... SB/Semillon blend from Graves would work just fine with the seabass, too. If Chablis I'd prefer some wood in its history, as JD seems to indicate. Otherwise a bigger Cote d'Or white, too.But champers is always an easy choice. I'd prefer a blanc de blanc in ... Read More

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  • Chateau Carbonnieux Carbonnieux Blanc Grand Cru Classe de Graves 2012

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    Well, pedigree helps... those seven centuries of development in viniculture at ... at ... detach itself from Graves. The 2012 Blanc Grand Vin evokes acidic green fruit (like gooseberry) with a sweet spice and even fresh snow on the nose. Entry is balanced, but retains enough acid to last a few more years in the cellar. Finish iucundum est (... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château du Barrailh Graves Cuvée Collection Prestige 2011

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    deep garnet red, with ripe berries and spices. great for grills and barbeques Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau les Lauriers de Boyrein Graves 1999

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    I obtained this bottle of wine from the website ... I got it for a mere £1.Graves is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticuilture here since at least the Romans,for dry white and red wines from 44 communes south of the City of Bordeaux.Chateau Les Lauriers de Boyrein is a label used by a family company called ' Vignobles ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Malartic Lagraviere 90js 2005

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    Well, Chateau Malartic has done Robert Parker proud: the smoky, luscious boudoir-like scent clinging to a bed of plum and cherry (you pick - cherry flan is my choice) is followed by a silky entry of cherry and wild red fruit such as lingonberry. Some tannin for further cellaring, but perfect now. A truly wonderful wine at 11 years. 93 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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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