2015 Grave-a-Pomerol

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / POMEROL
  • 91 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 96 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52584-2015-750-1B
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 96

    Greatest La Grave for me. Fantastic depth of fruit and power yet so silky and fresh. Bright light energy to this. Mostly merlot with a touch of cabernet franc.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2015 La Grave a Pomerol, a blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, has an almost stoic, tertiary bouquet at first, living up to its name with touches of gravel coming through the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, cohesive in the mouth, here a mixture of red and black fruit that segue nicely into a composed, saline finish. There is a touch more breeding to this La Grave-a-Pomerol than recent vintages - one to watch out for.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Well-packed, with fleshy fig, boysenberry and blackberry paste flavors that pump through, underscored by a warm charcoal note and a tug of earth that develops as this opens up. This hasn't integrated fully yet, but will be especially solid when it does. Score range: 91-94
    Author: James Molesworth
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  • Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

    White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

    Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

    The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

    Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 144 bottles owned
    • 19 collectors