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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon

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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 L'Hospital

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

  • Château de Fieuzal

    Château de Fieuzal is a Bordeaux wine from the Pessac-Léognan appellation, ranked among the Premi...

  • Château Haut Selve

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

  • Château de Chantegrive

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

  • Château Bouscaut

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

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  • 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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  • 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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    No written review

    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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