Nov 162020

Graves is an area located southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Left Bank of the Gironde River.  It is comprised of two wine regions– Pessac-Léognan, and Sauternes and Barsac.  Graves is named for the region’s extremely gravely soil. It is the only area in the Bordeaux that produces red wine, dry white wine, and sweet white wine.  Graves is also credited with being the birthplace of the red wine for which the Bordeaux is famous.  International export of red wine produced in Graves dates back to the middle ages.

The gravelly, sandy soil for which Graves is named contains decreased amounts of clay, in varying amounts, which allowing for expedient drainage.  The unique quality of the gravelly soil results in wines that are  distinctive character, and consistently high quality.  Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape cultivated in Graves; Merlot, and Cabernet Franc are also grown in the area.  The grapes used for producing white wines in Graves are Sémillon, Sauvignon, and Muscadelle.

Graves Chateaux

  • Chateau Haut-Brion
  • Chateau Laville Haut-Brion
  • Chateau Climens
  • Chateau Coutet
  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

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