8 Things to Know About Graves

8 Things to Know About Graves

If you’ve ever perused the Bordeaux section of your local wine retailer, you may have noticed wine bottles like the ones labelled above. The name listed below the vintage year indicates the wine’s appellation or AOC. The AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) certification dates back to the early 1400′s and is granted to geographical regions that adhere to standards and quality for goods such as wine and cheese. Graves is an appellation of the Bordeaux wine region. This indicates wines that are exclusively grown and produced in AOC Graves.For your next dinner party, impress your guests with these eight things to know about Graves:1. Dating back to the 12th Century, Graves is one of Bordeaux’s oldest wine subregions and the birthplace of Claret.2. Graves is located south …

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If you’ve ever perused the Bordeaux section of your local wine retailer, you may have noticed wine bottles like the ones labelled above. The name listed below the vintage year indicates the wine’s appellation or AOC. The AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) certification dates back to the early 1400′s and is granted to geographical regions that adhere to standards and quality for goods such as wine and cheese. Graves is an appellation of the Bordeaux wine region. This indicates wines that are exclusively grown and produced in AOC Graves.

Graves

For your next dinner party, impress your guests with these eight things to know about Graves:

1. Dating back to the 12th Century, Graves is one of Bordeaux’s oldest wine subregions and the birthplace of Claret.

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2. Graves is located south of the city of Bordeaux, just below the Pessac-Léognan appellation and left of the Garonne River.

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3. Graves means ‘gravel’ in French, a signature of its terroir. The subregion’s famed geology is a product of its position along the Garonne River where the bounty of gravel and mineral-rich silt have been deposited for millennia.

4. Graves produces red, dry white and sweet white wines, indicative of the versatility of its terroir.

5. For reds, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon prevail in Graves.

6. White Graves is produced from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.

7. There are 16 great growths in Graves as dictated by the 1953 classification.

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8. President Thomas Jefferson, a well known wino, visited Graves in May 1787.

Need a Graves wine suggestion? Check out the selections from last year’s Today’s Bordeaux below:

Château Le Bonnat Red ($10-19): A sweeter red with notes of oak and vanilla. Pairs well with white meats.

Château Roquetaillade la Grange Rouge ($30-39): Tastes of strawberry and peppercorn. Can be paired with pork.

Château Haut Selve Red ($10-19): Fresh cherry, plum, and tobacco notes. Pairs with steak tartare and roast vegetables.

Château Le Bernet Rouge ($10-19): A soft, simple wine that pairs with mashed potatoes and lamb.

Château Le Bernet Blanc ($10-19): Tart, acidic white that will pair perfectly with fresh fish.

Château Haut Selve White ($10-19): Crisp lemon and floral notes. Try this white with oysters or scallops.

Vieux Château Gaubert ($30-39): Tropical white with notes of peach. Pairs with lobster and ceviche.

Benjamin Gaubert ($10-19): A sweet white that will complement any seafood dish.

Château Les Clauzots Blanc ($10-19): Tastes of grapefruit with hints of lemon. Perfect for a light tomato salad.

Château Les Clauzots Rouge ($10-19): A heavy red with hints of plum. Pair it with a hearty ribeye.

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