Graves Wine


Graves is an appellation created in 1937 for red and white wines from 44 communes south of the city of Bordeaux, south of the Medoc. It is a very important part of the Bordeaux region The name refers to its gravelly soil. The Medoc was just a swamp and it was Graves that produced the best wines of the region until the Dutch drained the Medoc in the 17th century. The region is known for white wines, especially (but not only) botrytized dessert-style ones like Sauternes, but is also home to Haut-Brion, one of the original First Growths, and, in fact, produces more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated reds than whites.

– Description from Hana Choi

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

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  • La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion

    La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is the second wine of Château La Mission Haut-Brion. This na...

  • André Lurton

    A respect for the typicity of our terroir whilst at the same time always searching for a modernit...

  • Château de Fieuzal

    Château de Fieuzal is a Bordeaux wine from the Pessac-Léognan appellation, ranked among the Premi...

  • Château Malartic-Lagraviere

    Château Malartic-Lagravière, originally Domaine de Lagravière, is a Bordeaux wine from the Pessac...

  • Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion

    Château Larrivet Haut-Brion was acquired by the Gervoson family in 1987. They restored the estate...

  • Château Villa Bel-Air

    Chateau Villa Bel-Air is located in Saint-Morillon in the heart of the “Graves” appellation. In t...

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  • Mission Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 6 Btls. Original Wooden Case 1989


    I am certainly not going to argue with anyone who believes La Mission-Haut-Brion's 1989 is every bit as profound as the 1989 Haut-Brion. It is a spectacular wine, and as it ages in the bottle, it is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite La Mission-Haut-Brions, ranking alongside the 1982, 1975, 1961, 1959, and 1955. The 1989 boasts a dense... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

  • Domaine de Chevalier Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 1983


    Domaine de Chevalier made the best white wine of the appellation in this vintage, as well as one of the great successes of the eighties. The 1983 was impossibly closed when I last tasted it. It still reveals that profound mineral, honeyed bouquet, and rich, intense, mouth-filling flavors that are exceptionally well knit, and a long, explosively ... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

  • Château la Mission Haut Brion Graves Slightly Scuffed Label 1985


    The 1985 is deliciously opulent, rich, and open knit. The color is a dark ruby/purple with some garnet at the edge. The wine offers a sweet, smoky, melted road tar, black currant-scented nose with toasty oak in the background. It has put on weight as it has evolved in the bottle, and appears to be better than ever, with copious quantities of lus... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

  • Graves Pessac-Lognan Haut Bailly 78 1978


    As this wine has developed, it has taken on a pronounced roasted, melted ... ... some ways is the essence of Graves, but it seems strikingly devoid of some of the other nuances so common in Haut-Brion. The wine is fully mature, with a deep garnet color, and a pronounced asphalt-scented nose. This impression is verified in the mouth, where the ... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

  • Laville-Haut-Brion Blanc Bordeaux Blanc Wine 1989


    This utterly mind-blowing effort from Laville-Haut-Brion, with its decadent ... ... than an austere white Graves. Acidity is low and the alcohol level is high, suggesting this wine will have to be drunk in its first 10-15 years. For pure power, as well as a sumptuous texture, this may well be the most dramatic Laville-Haut-Brion ever produced... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

  • Château la Tour Haut-Brion Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 1983


    The fully mature 1983 is a very good wine that has fine depth, rich, soft, fat, lush fruit, and a good measure of soft tannins in the finish. The overall impression is of a forward, ripe, and voluptuous wine. It is successful, but by Haut-Brion's recent standards, the wine lacks excitement and has reached full maturity at an alarmingly fast pace... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

  • Château Haut-Brion Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 1982


    I have virtually no tasting notes on older vintages of Haut-Brion Blanc. Other than that, this is a wine one rarely ever sees because of the tiny production. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

  • Château la Mission Haut Brion Graves Slightly Scuffed Label 1985


    This has been a head turner since it was made. The 1985 is unbelievably rich, ... yet well-delineated white Graves. If you have the income of a rock superstar, this would be worth having to fete the turn of the centur Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker

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