The Top of the Graves; Wine Trophy 2013

On Monday 14 October I was part of the 15 members of the jury which included Miss GlouGlou, the famous French wine blogger (and for Le Monde), Alexandre Pesle of the popular Camera Café plus oenologists, cavistes and winemakers.

I have a soft sport for Graves since their cru classés were severed from them leaving them without ‘value’ and a reduced identity when the Pessac-Léognan Appellation was created in 1987 which creamed off the 15 Grand Cru Classé GRAVES! There are some wonderful terroirs in the Gravesregion and it is the only appellation that can produce dry white, red and sweet (Graves Sup). It is probably the appellation with the most potential in the whole of Bordeaux. On average in Pessac Léognan one hectare is worth 600,000 per hectare. In Graves one hectare is Worth today 60,000€.

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We tasted 53 Graves reds, 49 Graves whites (dry), 2 Graves Supérieures (sweet) and came up with ten whites and red trophies.

The stars in both red and white were; Château Des Places – Fabrice et Philippe Reynaud

My favorites are those with an asterisk. I also liked Château de Cérons, de Seuil and Des Castres.

A special word goes to Château Mejean – Bruno Geraud who apparently will lose his property including the home and vineyards to the new TGV fast link that will pass through his property from 2015. A bitter sweet prize.

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En Graves Blanc 2012

Clos Bourgelat – Dominique Lafosse

Château Pont de Brion – Pascal Molinari

*Vieux Château Gaubert – Dominique Haverlan

*Château Villa Bel Air – Jean-Michel Cazes

Château Haut-Selve – Arnaud Lesgourgues

*Château des Places – Fabrice et Philippe Reynaud

Château La Rose Sarron – Philippe Rochet

*Château de Lionne – Véronique Smati

*Clos Floridene – Fabrice Dubourdieu

Château Chantegrive – Marie-Hélène Lévèque

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En Graves Rouge 2010

Château Lassalle – Fabien Lalanne

Château Crabitey – Arnaud de Butler

*Château Des Places – Fabrice et Philippe Reynaud

*Château Mejean – Bruno Geraud

Château Haut-Maray – Jérome et Julien Lucas

Château La Rose Sarron – Philippe Rochet

*Château Le Bourdillot – Patrice Haverlan

Château Le Bonnat – Arnaud Lesgourgues

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En Graves Supérieures 2011

**Chanteau Brondelle – Jean-Noël Belloc

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