Red Graves
CHÂTEAU LA BLANCHERIE

A beautiful deep garnet colour, which shows a certain complexity on aeration, releasing aromas of black fruits (blackcurrant), spices and vanilla. Ample on the attack, round and fleshy.

  • Keep : 5 to 12 years
  • Grape variety : Merlot (70 %) - Cabernet-sauvignon (20 %) - Cabernet franc (10%)
  • AOC : Graves
  • Soils and subsoils : gravel, clay, limestone
  • Food and wine pairing : Red meat, cold meats...
Available vintages
  • 2011

  • 2012

  • 2013

  • 2014

Tasting notes

Beautiful deep garnet robe with beautiful brown hues. Fine and complex nose with aromas of red fruit. A full bodied wine with ripe tanins. Good balance, elegant wine with spicy and tasty notes. The wine is complex and lingered in mouth. It is ready to drink, or can wait several years. Red area:8 ha Average age of the vineyard:25 years Cultivation:no chemical weedkiller, mechanical soil cultivation and mowing. Reasoned vineyard management Harvest:mechanical Fermentation:in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats Maturing:barrels (12 months) Production:40 000 bottles Serve at 16 / 17 °C.

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The vinification
of red wine

As with white wine, we produce fruity, supple wines that can be tasted and enjoyed without delay. Also, we privileged the Merlot grape variety for its aromatic qualities. As the harvest approaches, each plot is checked by tasting and laboratory analysis to monitor the ripening process. The synthesis of its elements (and the weather!) allow us to fix the best date of harvest plot by plot. The harvesting machine allows a large quantity of grapes to be picked in a short time. We can wait for the optimum maturity more serenely. The grapes are destemmed directly on the harvesting machine, then sorted manually before being crushed and placed in vats. The red colour is contained in the skin of the grapes. Also, during the whole vinification (alcoholic fermentation and maceration) the grape must (becoming wine as the alcoholic fermentation progresses) cohabits with the skins and seeds from the same grains. After a maceration of 3 to 4 weeks, we proceed to the vatting: the wine is drained (which becomes the free-run wine) and pressed from the marc (skins and pips) which becomes the press wine. The red wines then undergo a second fermentation: malolactic fermentation which transforms malic acid and lactic acid, which reduces the acidity of the wines and softens them. The wines are then aged in oak barrels for 12 months, the objective being not to give a pronounced woody taste, but depth and suppleness.