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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.

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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  1. Château Rahoul Blanc, Graves

    Château Rahoul Blanc, Graves, 2013 75cl

    A fantastic blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc the nose is wonderfully expressive with notes of grapefruit, pear and a touch of fennel for added complexity. The palate has pleasing depth of fruit with citrus and pear being particularly prominent and even some vanilla notes which are most likely a product of fermentation taking place in oak.

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  2. Château Rahoul, Graves

    Château Rahoul, Graves, 2010 75cl

    An interesting nose of red fruit, dark cherries and smoke is joined by leather and black fruit on the palate. The tannins are still quite supple and may benefit from a couple of years further ageing.

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