Bordeaux White: White Graves

The white wines of Graves are typically made from predominately Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon playing a secondary role; Muscadelle does occasionally show up in small quantities. The gravely plateau and subsoil with their excellent drainage are well-suited for making white wines of character. The wines are marked by aromas of citrus and their flowers, often of grapefruit, with a stony, mineral body and vibrant acidity. Two characters that are memorable in these wines is their balance and length. Although most Graves whites are drunk young, oak-aging the wines from better properties can give them more complexity and more longevity. This is the only appellation on the left bank (Médoc) that has a separate appellation for the whites. If you make a dry white elsewhere, even in Sauternes or Barsac, the wines must be given the regional ‘Bordeaux’ appellation.

  • Chateau de Callac Blanc

    One of the oldest winemaking properties in Graves, it was purchased by Phillippe Riviere some years ago to restore the glory to the property. The white grapes are 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon on 30-year-old vines and are grown in a gravel soil over a clay-gravel subsoil. It is this porous gravely soil that gives the Graves whites the lovely citrus character. Aged in oak barrel for 11 months, this elegant white is both aromatic and fruity with complexity from the subtle oak influence, and can be drunk young when it still has all its freshness and sinew, or after several years in the bottle. Perfect as an aperitif, with seafood, poultry or light pasta dishes with cream or shellfish.

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