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Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017

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JS 94
James Suckling
A very intense character already of honeysuckle, papaya and mangoes. Medium to full body, loads of fleshy stone fruit, structured polyphenolics, tangy acidity and a long finish.
Barrel Sample: 93-94
D 92
Decanter
This estate was badly affected by frost - a real loss for the appellation, as this is one of the leading lights. But they have managed to produce a small quantity of this excellent white. Rich, round and succulent, it has a fleshy texture with white pears and white peaches. It's subtle but builds in power through the palate, and is going to give a lot of pleasure over the next five to 10 years. There's an excellent mouthwatering quality on the finish. Fermented and aged in 50% new oak with lees stirring for nine months.
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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Rich and ripe, this wine has a dense texture and fine spice notes from the oak aging. It is a generous wine, packed with green fruits, citrus and warm apricot flavors. It will age well and be ready to drink from 2021.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Château de Chantegrive Caroline is another beautiful white from this vintage. Offering plenty of pineapple and citrus fruits, medium-bodied richness, and nicely integrated acidity, it has plenty of oomph and texture while still showing the fresher, more vibrant side to the vintage.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Cuvee Caroline opens with ripe pears and Golden Delicious apples with touches of chalk dust and lemongrass. Medium-bodied with a racy backbone and fantastic intensity, it has a long finish.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
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Chateau de Chantegrive

Chateau de Chantegrive

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Chateau de Chantegrive, France
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In 1966 Henri and Françoise Lévêque acquired a few plots of vines in the commune of Podensac. After 40 years patiently adding more plots, Chateau 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.

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Graves

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Graves is a large region, extending 30 miles southeast of the city of Bordeaux, along the left bank of the Garonne River. It is the only Bordeaux appellation famous for both its red and white wines, though red 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.

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Bordeaux White Blends

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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. This blend was popularized in the Bordeaux region of France (where it also comprises outstanding sweet wines like Sauternes and Barsac), but is often mimicked throughout the New World, particularly in California, Washington and Australia.

In the Glass

Sémillon provides the background to this blend, with a relatively full body and an oily texture. Sauvignon Blanc adds acidity and lots of bright fruit flavor, particularly white grapefruit, lime and freshly cut grass. Used in smaller proportions, Muscadelle can contribute fresh floral notes, while Sauvignon Gris is less aromatic but offers ripe, juicy fruit on the palate. These wines run the gamut from unoaked, refreshing, and easy to drink to serious, complex and barrel-aged. The latter style, usually with a higher percentage of Sémillon, can develop aromas of ginger, chamomile and dried orange peel. The dessert wines produced by these blends, often with the help of "noble rot" called botrytis, can have lush stone fruit and honey characteristics.

Perfect Pairings

Crisp, dry Bordeaux white blends are the perfect accompaniment for raw or lightly cooked seafood, especially shellfish. A more structured, Sémillon-based bottling can stand up to richer fish, chicken, or pork dishes in white sauces. These blends also work well with a variety of vegetables and fresh herbs, like asparagus, peas, basil and tarragon. Sweet dessert wines are traditionally enjoyed with strong blue cheeses, foie gras or fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but astute sommeliers know that they can be served at any time—before, during or after the meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage, poached lobster in beurre blanc sauce or even fried chicken.

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