In 1930, the Glotin Family purchased the domain in Graves de Vayres and Henriette Glotin became one of the first woman winemakers in France. She was an icon for 40 years and is still respected by the Glotin Family. The entire estate is 280 acres consisting of vineyards, forests, and grasslands.
Graves de Vayres is so named because the land, which is similar to the Graves appellation across the river. The name refers to the soil, which has as much gravel as it does dirt. This is extremely important for vines as it provides excellent drainage, forcing the roots to dig deeper for water. In so doing, they send more nutrients to the branches, making them stronger and thus producing finer grapes. Graves de Vayres is technically in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, which produces most of the white wines made in Bordeaux. For the longest time, the principle grape here was Ugni Blanc, also known as Trebbiano in Italy. It made a light, easy-drinking wine for everyday use. But just across the river in Graves, they were growing Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, making much better wine.
So, slowly but surely, Graves de Vayres began planting those grapes as well and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. Our selection is a highlighted example of this improvement. The minerality is the key here. It literally tastes almost like gravel. It certainly smells as such. With 85% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine gives all the penetrating peach and floral flavors to match anything from duck breast with a green peppercorn sauce or seared scallops with mint pesto.