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Graves (France)

Bordeaux wines are the most famous wine blends in the world.

Graves is a red wine from from Bordeaux's Left Bank.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

Typical Flavors


Black Currant
Black
Currant
Blackberry
Blackberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum

Violets
Violets
Pepper
Pepper
Licorice
Licorice
Wet Stone
Wet Stone

Oak Added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Coffee
Coffee

Black Currant, Dark Berries and Plum are typical Graves flavors.

Dark Floral hints (Violets) and Wet Soil (Graphite).

Profile

BODYFull
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
15-16°C (59-61°F)
Cru 17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham
Soup
Casseroles

Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Beef
Beef

Rich Flavors and Tannins make Graves a perfect partner to Flavory Dishes.

Bordeaux loves Roasted Lamb and BBQ.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
BBQ. Grilled. Roasts.
Roasted Potatoes and Onions.
Grilled Mushrooms (Portobello).
Grilled Veggetables.
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Caramel Chicken.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Hamburger. Cheese Burger. Bacon Burger.
Red Meat Dishes. Spareribs. Veal Chops.
Pepper Beef. T-Bone. Kobe. Entrecôte.
Filet Mignon. Filetto (Italy). Solomillo (Spain).

Cheese:
Hard Cow Milk Cheese. French Comté. Cheddar.

If You Like Graves

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a good bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

Crus Classés de Graves
(Pessac-Léognan AOC)

The Graves wine classification of 1959 covers 13 red wines and 10 white wines from 16 châteaux in Bordeaux's Graves region.

In 1987 Pessac-Léognan AOC was created with all the 16 châteaux belonging to the new AOC.

Red Wines
Crus Classés de Graves
(Pessac-Léognan AOC)

Château Bouscaut
Château Carbonnieux
Château de Fieuzal
Château Haut-Bailly
Château Haut-Brion (also Premier Cru Classé 1855)
Château La Mission-Haut-Brion
Château La Tour-Haut-Brion
Château Latour-Martillac
Château Malartic-Lagravière
Château Olivier
Château Pape-Clément
Château Smith-Haut-Lafite
Domaine de Chevalier

White Wines
Grand Cru Classe de Graves
(Pessac-Léognan AOC)

Château Bouscaut Blanc
Château Carbonnieux Blanc
Château Couhins
Château Couhins-Lurton
Château Haut-Brion Blanc
Château Latour-Martillac Blanc
Château Laville-Haut-Brion
Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc
Château Olivier Blanc
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc

Bordeaux

Bordeaux in Southwest France is the most famous wine region in the world.

France

The river Gironde splits the area in the famous Left Bank (Southwest) and the Right Bank (Northeast) where the two famous, but very different, Bordeaux Blends are produced.

The Left Bank

On the Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape.

A typical top-quality "Bordeaux Blend" consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Merlot.

Left Bank wines are often spicy with bold tannins and are good candidates for aging.

The Right Bank

On the Right Bank, Merlot is the primary grape.

A typical Right Bank blend consists of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Right Bank wines are also bold, but smoother, with softer tannins and typical Merlot fruity flavors. They can age, but are more "drink me soon" style.

Bordeaux is dominated by red wine. Nearly 90% of all Bordeaux wine is red.

The most planted grape is Merlot, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon.

Red Grapes

66% Merlot
23% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
  2% Malbec
  1% Petit Verdot

White Grapes

47% Sémillon
45% Sauvignon Blanc
  5% Muscadelle


Bordeaux Left Bank

On the Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape.

A typical top-quality "Bordeaux Blend" consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Merlot.

Left Bank wines are often spicy with bold tannins and are good candidates for aging.

The terroir is rocky, with gravel (stones) and some limestone.

In the wine world, this bad soil means good wine because the more the roots have to struggle, the better the quality. Rocky soils and hillsides give a good drainage (too much water gives a watery berry).

Famous appellations are:

  • Haut-Médoc
  • Margaux (Château Margaux)
  • St.Estephe
  • St.Julien
  • Pauillac (Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Latour)
  • Pessac Leognan (Château Haut-Brion)
Few chateaux with many hectars (50-80ha average).

Flavors:

Young: Spices. Earth. Tobacco.

Aged: Leather. Smoke. Truffle. Herbs. Cigar box.

Bordeaux Right Bank

On the Right Bank, Merlot is the primary grape.

A typical Right Bank blend consists of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Right Bank wines are also bold, but smoother, with softer tannins and typical Merlot fruity flavors. They can age, but are more "drink me soon" style.

The terroir on the right bank is less difficult, with less gravel and more clay and limestone.

Famous appellations are:

  • St. Emilion (Cheval Blanc)
  • Pomerol (Petrus)
Many small chateaux with few hectars (30 average).

Flavors:

Young: Black Cherry. Red Plum. Flowers. Chocolate. Licorice.

Aged: Earth. Truffle. Dark Chocolate. Tobacco.

White Bordeaux

White Bordeaux uses Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion as primary grapes.

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