The Graves wine was the first Bordeaux to be singled out for its quality; its viticulture has flourished since ancient Roman times. The wine district takes its name from the prominent deep gravel and sandy clay in the soil which helps enhance ripeness, finesse and good ageing potential.
Pessac-Léognan and Graves bear stylistic similarities and produce wines with a matt, smoky, a restrained fruity expression and great smoothness in texture. Pessac-Léognan is home to the most prestigious properties which produce red wines with that extra velvet, depth and substance.
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Château Magneau 2015
Toasty, smoky, typical Graves aromatics. A solid, nicely structured wine with positive tannins.
Château Haut-Bergey 2014
Smoky. Still very youthful, needs decanting. Needs time to mature further although enjoyable now. Classy and smooth.
Château de Fieuzal 2006
Grand Cru Classé. Extremely lush classic style. Moderate tannins. Wet woodland with layers of cassis and blackberries. Full bodied. Long finish. Lively. Ready now.
A lush and fairly substantial wine.
This Grand Cru Classé is medium to full bodied with a good projection of Pessac-Léognan fruits carried with elegance and restraint. Needs a good hour decanting minimum to unfold further. Perfect with food ; doesn’t overwhelm flavours. Classy.
Grand Cru Classé. Good potential. Needs time.
Château Haut-Bailly 2008
Grand Cru Classé. Shows beautifully. Haut Bailly has a reputation in connoisseur circles to be the archetype or benchmark in Pessac Léognan. The nose of wet forest floor with toasty tobacco is attractive. Aristocratic Grand Cru Classé. Not too assertive but so precise with a smooth grainy texture from its recessive tannins. Well-balanced and a complex long finish.
Château Pape Clément 2006/09
Grand Cru Classé. The 2006 is impenetrable on opening. Needs hours decanting to unfold. This is full and powerful. Smoky, juicy and creamy , effortless to appreciate. Firm and smooth. A rare beauty. Excellent palate density, projection and evolution. The 2009 is complex, luxurious and polished in texture. Classic Graves tobacco bacon smokiness. Drinks well now but will improve further.
Grand Cru Classé. Very good extraction with firm tannins. Silky. Medium bodied on the palate. The middle palate is solid. Approaching its plateau.
Château Haut-Brion 2006
Premier Grand Cru Classé. Full bodied. Finely grained tannins and a beautiful structure. Ten years old is young for this wine. Rich and superbly elegant. One cannot deny its class, charm, concentration and length. The assemblage includes 57% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc and each reflecting a fabulous Terroir.
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