Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc 2011
Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
James Suckling - "Excellent white with wonderful mineral and exotic fruit on the nose and palate. Full and racy, with a long, long finish. Fabulous for the producer. "
Wine Spectator - "Shows good richness, with paraffin and blanched almond notes leading the way for full-bodied Meyer lemon, citrus oil and gooseberry flavors. A whiff of smoke moves through the finish.
Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points"
The Wine Advocate - "Consistently one of my “best buy” picks from Graves is this large estate owned by the Leveque family producing both delicious red and white wines. An equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 Chantegrive offers an excellent value/price rapport. Classic notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco intermixed with red and black currants, barbecue smoke and spice jump from the glass of this fleshy, medium-bodied, beautifully pure and textured wine. It is a terrific success in this difficult vintage. This big-time sleeper of the vintage should be drunk over the next 7-8 years. "
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Chateau de Chantegrive Winery
In 1966 Henri and Françoise Lévêque acquired a few plots of vines in the commune of Podensac. After 40 years patiently adding more plots, Château de Chantegrive is today one of the largest and most prestigious estates in the Graves appellation with 240 acres of vines. It is a member of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.
A new generation has now arrived and with its energy and committed involvement within the winegrowing world, has injected renewed impetus into the estate. View all Chateau de Chantegrive Wines
About GravesView a map of Graves wineries (grahv)
Named so for the gravelly base of soil common in the area, Graves is diverse in the wines it creates. Think red, white and sweet. The best reds of Graves are in Pessac-Léognan in the north, including the famed and lauded first growth, Chateau Haut Brion. There, and in the central area of Graves, come some deliciously dry white wine, while towards the south, you find the sweet wine of Sauternes & Barsac.
While Graves is most certainly known for its high-quality appellations of Pessac-Léognan and the sweet regions of the south, it also produces dome delicious wine outside of these regions, particularly in the dry white category. The two white grapes, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, are the primary components of Graves' white wines. Many of the dry, crisp style white wines contain more Sauvignon Blanc, while the fuller-bodied whites of the area focus on Semillon. Graves is also known for red wines, based on Cabernet Sauvignon, like the rest of the left bank, and blending with Merlot and some Cabernet Franc.
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.