Château Gravettes-Samonac – Cuvée Elégance
A floral and fruity nose with hints of vanilla lead to a supple mouth feel and fresh acidity. Expressive berry fruit with a hint of vanilla spice.
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
Gold medal – 2015 Gilbert & Gaillard
At a glance
As the name implies, this wine is elegant and refined, versatile and food-friendly. Merlot and Malbec provide expressive red berry fruit while Cabernet Sauvignon reinforces with structure and a hint of spice. A floral and fruity nose with hints of vanilla lead to a supple mouth feel and fresh acidity.
How to drink it
The softness of the tannins makes this a particularly versatile wine but our favorite matches included steak, duck, or veggie pizza. A pleasurable wine which can be drunk young but give it a bit of air in the glass for it to fully express itself.
This classic Bordeaux blend provides excellent balance between strong berry fruit and well-integrated tannins. Maceration for 20 days and ageing for 12 months. Only 20% has been aged in used French oak to soften without overpowering the final blend.
The story behind the wine
This small, family-run estate has been passed from father to son for generations. Situated in the heart of the Côtes de Bourg AOC on the superb hillside of Samonac , the vineyards are on clay-limestone soils and face south which ensures even ripening and high quality grapes. Sustainable viticulture is employed and vinification is performed at the highest standards with minimal intervention. Throughout the years, this under-the-radar winery has been gaining recognition both domestically and at the international level. Once you’ve tried them for yourself, we think you’ll understand why!
The region – Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg
Located on the right banks of the Gironde and Dordogne rivers in the greater Bordeaux region, Côtes de Bourg is an appellation worth watching. With Merlot as the dominant varietal, these wines tend to have much more personality than regular Bordeaux and can provide some of the area’s best wine value.