Domaine de Ravanès – Gravières du Taurou 2010

LES GRAVIERES DU TAUROU 2006 bottle shot

Tasting note

Plums and blackberries combine with notes of mocha and black tea. Elegant, rich and harmoniously concentrated on the palate

Grapes
Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Flavour
Delicate  Intense

Sweetness
Dry Sweet

Body
Light Robust

Tannin
None Intense

Awards/Recognition

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.