The Gravels of Graves

The Gravels of Graves

I am not sure if it's an age thing but the older I get the more I seem to be enjoying the classic French wines, and of course, that includes Bordeaux. There are pages upon pages written about this world renowned wine region but for your case I have selected a red and wite from Châteax Rahoul, a remarkable estate from the AOC of Graves.

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The Gravels of Graves

Found on the left of the Gironde Estuary, the applelation of Graves lies close to its famous neighbours of Médoc, Margaux and Pauillac to name but a few.

At one stage Graves was a generic French term for gravelly terrains and was used to describe many of the wine districts of Bordeaux, so no prizes for guessing what types of soils the vines are planted on! What makes this Appellation unique is that its Bordeaux's only region famous for producing both red and white wines. The classic minerally, cassis scent of Cabernet dominate the reds whereas Sauvignon Blanc and Semilion dominate the dry, freshly scented whites.

Château Rahoul

Château Rahoul dates back to 1646. After the French Revolution, the estate was purchased by a highly influential negociants and ship-owner called Balguerie who used the estate to expand the vineyards. It was not until 1970 that the wine was eventually sold in bottle. In the early '80s, the superb quality of the wine was responsible for its remarkable ascent among the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, a collection of reputable estates.


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