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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

2005 Château Graville-Lacoste Graves

Château Graville-Lacoste, founded in 1802, is one of three domaines owned by Hervé Dubourdieu, the sixth generation to take over the wine making at his family’s estates. The wines of Château Graville-Lacoste, Château Ducasse, and Château Roumieu-Lacoste each have vineyards in different appellations, but all the wines are made at Château
Roumieu-Lacoste under Hervé’s direction.

Château Graville-Lacoste’s vineyards are located in the Graves appellation, a large region extending 30 miles south east of the city of Bordeaux, along the left bank of the Garonne River. The property, which consists of 20 acres, is located more toward the town of Sauternes than Leognan. The age of the vines averages 55 years old, and the soil is predominantly gravel. Graves means gravelly terrain in French, and it is this gravelly soil that produces elegant, clean white wine.

Tasting Notes: The wine is of a golden straw-like color which is typical of Semillon wines, the nose shows aromas of lemon grass, yeast, and asian pear, followed by very soft but full-palate flavors of citrus, melon, and dry honeysuckle. This is a fabulously crafted wine with good body and full but clean flavors. I score this wine 90 points and highly recommend it.

 
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