Barton & Guestier Graves 1999
Barton & Guestier is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wine houses in Bordeaux. The firm was established in 1725 by Thomas Barton, a renowned negociant coming from Ireland. In the early 19th century, his grandson joined forces with Frenchman Daniel Guestier, a reputed importer of Bordeaux wines into Baltimore, in the British colonies in America, and the one who delivered the wines that President Thomas Jefferson had ordered from the Barton family.
The Barton & Guestier winemakers work in partnership with about 200 passionate winegrowers over the greatest French wine regions: Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Rhone Valley, Languedoc, Gascony and Corsica. For almost 300 years, Barton & Guestier offers a wonderful variety of wines that enables wine lovers, from the occasional wine drinker to the connoisseur to make a journey through France.
Sustainability is a fundamental element of global economy. Barton & Guestier is involved in various steps towards sustainability, especially at Château Magnol, which is member of the first organization for the Environmental Management System for Bordeaux Wines. Steps involved considerations about land, energy, water and wastewater quality, carbon and water footprint, waste reduction, safety, and health. The Chateau and all the B&G Bordeaux wines have been certified ISO 14001 in 2013.
Famous for both its red and white wines, Graves is a large region, extending 30 miles southeast of the city of Bordeaux, along the left bank of the Garonne River. Red wine producing vineyards cover well over three times as much area as the whites. In the late 1980s, the French created the separate appellation of Pessac-Léognan within the northern confines of Graves. It includes all of its most famous properties, and the southern suburbs of the city Bordeaux itself. In French "graves" is a term used to indicate gravelly soils.
Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. Popularized in Bordeaux, the blend is often mimicked throughout the New World. Somm Secret—Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but they can be served before, during or after a meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage.