Chateau Haut Gravelier has been in the Tarride family for four generations. The chateau rests on the hillsides of Entres-Deux-Mers which straddles between the left and right banks of Bordeaux. As it is with every property here, Gravelier makes both red and white wines. Of its 70 acres, there are only four planted with Sauvignon Blanc.
Though 75% of the wine made in Bordeaux is red, the whites have a special place in the hearts of wine lovers. Most of the whites are made from Ugni Blanc, also known as Trebbiano in Italy. It is easy to grow and makes an acceptable quaffing wine. However, those who are serious about their white wine offering use Sauvignon Blanc, which makes up our selection.
When grown on the rocky hillsides there, it attains heights that few other appellations can match. While many producers blend in varying amounts of Semillon to soften Sauvignon Blanc's edge, we love the ones that are 100%. Their bold flavors and piercing acidity make a wine that loves challenging food.
It also helps that the wine doesn't have any oak, which would tone down its aggressive nature and add a vanilla flavor component that, quite frankly, we feel is unnecessary. Instead we are presented with the pure essence of Sauvignon Blanc, boasting white nectarine, grapefruit and hints of the gravel in which the grapes were grown. It begs for raw oysters, Hamachi sashimi or shrimp cocktail.