Chateau La Grave a Pomerol (Futures Pre-Sale) 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
James Suckling - "The aromas of sweet tobacco and ripe fruit are so attractive. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Long finish. A pretty and delicious wine already. Best in 2015. "
Wine Spectator - "A well-structured version, with a spine of charcoal and graphite supporting the dark, fleshy blackberry, fig paste and mulled black currant fruit. Offers a racy edge, with flickers of anise and incense on the finish. Shows lovely mouthfeel as this expands in the glass. Best from 2013 through 2025."
Wine Enthusiast - "Soft and generous fruit, its tannins enveloped by a warm and ripe juicy fruit layer. The wine is already delicious, showing sweet tannins and a subtle touch of wood."
International Wine Cellar - "Ruby-purple. Compelling aromas of red cherry and raspberry liqueur, minerals and spicy Christmas cake. Wonderfully broad and opulent, with full but not excessive ripeness to its red cherry, blackcurrant, mineral and underbrush flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent breadth, and a lingering black cherry and mineral perfume. Should turn out to be one of the best La Grave a Pomerols in years. 88-91 points "
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Chateau La Grave a Pomerol Winery
A lovely estate on the west side of Pomerol, Château La Grave dates back to the early 19th century. As indicated by its name, the soil is almost pure pebble. The vineyard marks the beginning of the one mile long gravelly strip which crosses the plateau of Pomerol, then Cheval Blanc and ends at Château Figeac.
La Grave could be considered the equivalent of a third growth in the Médoc and ranks amongst the top Pomerol. His very first personal acquisition, Christian Moueix purchased the estate in June 1971 and gave a great deal of attention to the restoration of the château, cellar, and vineyard. Today, as part of the Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix properties, it receives the same meticulous care as the other family’s top châteaux.
The illustrious and famed Bordeaux negociant firm of Ets. JeanPierre Moueix was founded in 1937 and holds exclusive rights to sell and manage some of the greatest vineyards on the right bank of Bordeaux. The properties of Jean-Pierre Moueix can be found in the appellations of Pomerol and St. Emilion with each estate being carefully selected by Christian Moueix. The Moueix family has defined a style of winemaking distinguished by integrity and total devotion to the expression of each individual vineyard. View all Chateau La Grave a Pomerol Wines
It's a tiny region, and it has no classification system. But the wines produced from Pomerol can be sensuous and life-changing. Here lies Chateau Pétrus, one of the most expensive and sought-after wines of the world – many vintages commanding prices higher than the first-growth chateaux of the Médoc. The area is all vines, with no real town center, just roads connecting the lands and small, farmhouse style chateaux.
Soils in the area are primarily gravel based, intermittent with a clay subsoil, which is a factor in the rich flavors of the wines. Like its right bank neighbors, Pomerol sticks mainly to Merlot, with at least 2/3 of the land under vine growing the variety. Cabernet Franc makes up most of the remainder, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a spot or two of Malbec. Vines are old and yields are extremely low – add those factors to the soil, and it's a recipe for an elegant, distinctive wine, with typical descriptors of intense aromas, ripe fruits and supple tannins. Quality can be vintage-dependent - in a good vintage, expect melt-in-your-mouth wine.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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