Domaine de Ravanès – Gravières du Taurou 2010
Plums and blackberries combine with notes of mocha and black tea. Elegant, rich and harmoniously concentrated on the palate
Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points – eRobertParker.com
“Tasted out of the bottle, the beautifully rich 2010 IGP Pays d’Hérault les Gravières du Taurou is still a baby, with lots of inky purple fruits, massive minerality, tobacco and oak all emerging from the glass”
At a glance
Rivalling even the greatest Bordeaux classics – this wine famously once beat Pétrus in a blind tasting. The alliance of these perfectly ripened, traditional Bordeaux grapes provides body, a velvety tannic structure and an extended finish. Can be cellared through 2020 and even beyond.
How to drink it
This wine should be allowed a long time to breathe (ideally in a decanter) to show its full elegance. The alliance of these perfectly ripened, traditional Bordeaux grapes provides body, a velvety tannic structure and an extended finish. Ideal with rib roast or game birds such as guinea fowl.
The story behind the wine
In the family for 3 generations, the Domaine de Ravanès estate has been producing wine since the Roman era. Winemaker Marc Benin has built the domain’s reputation on his Bordeaux-style red wines and this wine reflects the reasons for his success. Respect for the environment has always been a part of the domain’s philosophy, reflected by the move to organic farming in 2010
The region – Coteaux du Murviel
Located within the Hérault department which forms a vast amphitheater overlooking the Mediterranean, the Coteaux de Murviel sits on the banks of the Orb river. Its Mediterranean climate is ideal for viticulture with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Cooling breezes off the sea and river help preserve freshness in the wines while maintaining the structure of the tannins.