Chateau Gravaillas’ magnificent vineyard is situated right in the heart of the Sauternes area in the little village of Cerons. The terroir here is truly exceptional with a protective micro-climate created by the surrounding streams; the famous deep, gravely soils (from which Gravaillas takes its name) and the perfect exposure facing south/south east. Renowned for its sweet whites this region also produces reds under the Graves AOC, of which it is part.
Cerons’ history has been linked to the vine since Roman times and the village was once a port used to export both the wine that had become well known, as well as the oak barrels that would provide a good living for local artisans. Gravaillas sits in the lieu dit of Caubillon (‘lieu dit’ is a term often given to old vineyards that bear a traditional name).
Gravaillas is a very old property and was once part of the ancient ‘Mayne’ vineyard which stretched away to just short of Chateau d’Yquem in Sauternes on an elevated plateau. Gravaillas is now part of the Taillan Group, owners of several prestigious Grand Cru Classe chateaux (2nd Growth Gruaud Larose, 2nd Growth Sauternes Broustet, 3rd Growth Ferriere and 5th Growth Haut Bages Liberal to name a few). Chateau Gravaillas takes its place in the Taillan ‘Vignobles de Terroirs’ collection. These are their flagship properties that display the very best qualities of each appellation represented and benefit from the Taillan Group’s ‘know how’ and expertise.
The 2009 vintage of Gravaillas is a lovely wine; 2009 has been hailed as a ‘Great Vintage’ for Bordeaux. Being fuller bodied and so well structured Gravaillas is wonderful with food. Perfect with roast duck or lamb it is also good with roast goose or turkey as well as feathered game such as guinea fowl and pheasant. A match with robust winter stews and rich braised dishes; try it with tagine!
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