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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  • Sauvignon

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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 de Chantegrive

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

  • Château Belon

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

  • Château Villa Bel-Air

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

  • Château Carbonnieux

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

  • Château Haut-Bergey

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

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