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Bordeaux Superieur, 2016. Chateau Graveyres

Bordeaux Superieur, 2016. Chateau Graveyres

Item #: B1219R2IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Bordeaux Superieur
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Bordeaux, France
Color: Medium Crimson
Nose: Plum, Cherry, Earth
Palate: Delicate Fruit
Finish: Long, Luscious
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2027/Red Meat, 14.0% Alcohol by Volume

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In 1994 industrialist, Nicola Benito, acquired a beautiful countryside estate that just happened to have a small chateaux on the grounds. That was of no concern to Benito as he just wanted a place on which to retire. As a result, when their vineyards produced grapes, it was fermented and sold in bulk.

Upon his passing in 2005, his daughter, Chantal, decided to produce their own wine under the original label, Graveyres, as it had been when founded in 1744.

She studied vineyard management at The National School of Agricultural Engineering in Claremont-Ferrand located in the center of France. Here she learned not just how to grow grapes, but how to grow them organically and sustainably.

She was the pioneer in vinifying the grapes without added sulphur, which produced wines of elegance and balance. It allowed the delicate flavors to shine through in the finished wine instead of being obscured by sulphur.

All this fine tuning produces a wine far above its Bordeaux Superiore class and elevates it to classified growth status, instead of the posting on the label.

Our selection is the classic blend on 60% Merlot and equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. They work in harmony with each other as they have for centuries. The result is a sublime offering with dark fruit and red cherry balanced with medium tannins leading to an extraordinary finish.

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