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Chateau Haut Gravet

Chateau Haut Gravet
2018 Grand Chemin, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Saint Emilion

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$65
Cellar Selection

Chateau Haut Gravet
2018 Grand Chemin, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Saint Emilion

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of mocha, bay, dried raspberry, sandalwood, and black tea with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dried figs, caramel-drizzled cherries, and pencil shavings finish with moderate oak flavor. A tasty Saint Emilion with a generous flavor profile; a joy to drink now and may continue to develop with time.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: mocha, bay, dried raspberry, sandalwood, and black tea
Taste Flavor: dried figs, caramel-drizzled cherries, and pencil shavings
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Daube Provençal, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty Saint Emilion with a generous flavor profile; a joy to drink now but may continue to develop with time.

The Producer

Domaines Alain Aubert

The Producer
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Bordeaux Saint Emilion

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Pomerol and St. Emilion are the two premier Bordeaux appellations on the other (right) side of the rivers from the city of Bordeaux and the glamour appellations of the Medoc; hence the term, "Right Bank."

The wines are quite different from those in the Medoc; the weather and soil vary significantly, and the primary grapes used in the region are the softer merlot and cabernet franc varieties, as opposed to the firm and tannic cabernet sauvignon of the Medoc. This makes for wines that are often much more attractive in youth; however, this doesn't mean these wines lack the ability to age.

St. Emilion is a much larger appellation than the Medoc with a significant percentage of cabernet franc helping to comprise the blend. This too makes for softer, though still well structured wines, with distinctive cedary, herbaceous, mineral-accented flavors. Increased production quantities make them easier to find, and a number of bargains are to be had for the savvy consumer.

A final note: Vintage assessments in Bordeaux tend to be weighted to the Medoc, as opposed to the right bank. A given vintage will be declared excellent or poor with the supposition that this is universally true, which is not always the case. The vintages of 1996 and 1997 are a case in point. While 1996 saw excellent wines produced in the Medoc, it was not nearly as successful on the right bank. Conversely, while a number of Medoc 1997s were disastrous, the wines of the right bank look to be excellent. Thus, while certain vintages may have been overlooked due to a bias against wines from the Medoc, the right-bank versions may have been unjustly lumped into the same pot.

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Bordeaux Saint Emilion