Chateau Respide Medeville Blanc 2016
Blend: 50% Semillon, 48% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle
Julie's father, Christian Medeville, integrated Chateau Respide-Medeville, in the heart of the Graves region of Bordeaux, into the family estate in 1959. Today, his daughter and her husband coax great Graves Blanc and Rouge from the sandy, gravelly clay soil, allowing the purity of the fruit to shine through. At Chateau Respide-Medeville, Julie and Xavier celebrate in their wines what makes the Graves their home: the gravel soils that define the terroir.
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.