A wine that has such an attractive price for the quality it holds, truly great ,great value for money, one can say. Here you enter the region of Graves which lays to the south of Bordeaux, where you have the famous appellation of Pessac-Léognan (Haut-Brion Mission Haut-Brion, Smith Haut Lafitte, to name a few). It is also the region in Bordeaux where white shines best and where the most beautiful whites appear of the Bordeaux wines.
Graves stretches for about 55km to the south till the town of Langon. At its widest point is the region large from east to west for more then 20 km. This explains why there is such a diversity in the Graves wines, so it is difficult to unify the description of the wines from Graves. Pessac-Leognan is much more compact and hold a more unified identity, although there is great variation in the wines but that comes more from the winemaker him/herself. Also part of the Graves but do hold their appellation of their own is Barsac and Sauternes who are world wine known for their sweet wines, they do produce dry white wines but are not allowed to name their wines Graves, only Bordeaux can be mentioned.
As it says in the name, Graves is a serie of deposits coming from gravel mixed with sand and clay which crated throughout time the landscape from the region with hills and flat land, with many wooded areas and the best vineyards find themselves most of the times on hill tops. The variety in soil structure varies greatly from plot to plot. Although the reputation for the white wines from de Graves have dramatically improved, the land is still for a majority dominated by red wines. Graves and Pessac-Leognan together have for about 68% of vines planted in red.
Till the 70's most producers sold their wine to negociants especially in the southern part of the Graves. There is as much wines produced with strong tannins intent to lay down and sleep for some time as wines young, fruity and to be consumed in the next couple of years, also the quality amongst them varies a lot.
The birth of this Chateau goes back a very long time during the second empire, on the domain of Marquis de Calvimont when the land of Château de Cerons was divided into two parts. An Italian Engineer and two dormant vineyards fell in love thus the Grand Enclos du Chateau de Cerons gains its independence. On the village centre square , the gates of the property opens upon a charterhouse, which conceals the soul of the estate. The 10 hectares of vines are enclosed by a wall, making it very unique in the region. Today Grand Enclos holds 25 hectares of vines, making red, white and sweet wines. They spent huge amount of times on working the land and respecting the soil, using the bare minimum of chemicals only when really needed. Harvest with great care and attentionally processed they let the wine sleep according to the vintage between 12 and 15 months in oak barrels. Still in the hands of the Italian Giorgo Cavanna (from the Tuscan region), he and his team work hard to make sure that each bottle leaving the estate represent the excellence of what a Graves should be all about.
Price: €15 £11 $16
Visual: Light yellow colour, with a smooth elegant golden shine indicating the passage through barrel. Legs are beautiful and seductive, while its transparency is perfect. It appears very lady like and classy
Nose: The nose introduces citruses, pears, fleshy juicy white fruit, little peach with undertones of vanilla and beeswax. Very present on the nose, somewhat imposing but not disturbing. Really pushing you to taste it in earnest.
Palate: A burst of white fruits, pears at first then citruses and little peach, richly filling and well balanced between aromas and acidity, holding a good structure in freshness, its richness feels warm and soothing, oaky and oily, hold well together throughout the whole palate with a long and lasting finish. Very nicely done.
Conclusion: A wine that gives you all the excitement and joy you expect from a Graves and more and all at a very good price, the sensation and emotion this wines holds is truly great that you can bring it at any table hands down, very few would complain (except for those who do not like the oaky round buttery wines). Great craft, a great wine. Once again it does not have to cost the earth to be good.
Score: I rate this wine 19/20 90/100 (rated as an excellent wine)
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