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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Item no. 116085
Chateau Les Gravières is a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru made from the vines at Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens. The Merlot vines here are 50 years old, planted in a mix of sand and gravel with a cool ferriferous subsoil. The color is a dense but transluscent plum, the nose then offers black fruits with hints of spice, clove and tobacco, echoed on the palate which has a good backbone and very fine grained tannins. Made with 100% Merlot grapes.
Tremendously underrated from barrel several years ago, the 2009 Les Gravieres is the best wine proprietor Denis Barraud has ever produced. Yields were not terribly low at 38 hectoliters per hectare, but this wine (made with 100% Merlot and finishing at just under 14% alcohol) has a spectacular, even flamboyant nose of pen ink, graphite, blackberry and black currant liqueur along with hints of subtle smoke and burning embers. On the palate it is full-bodied, with outstanding intensity, a skyscraper-like mid-palate that goes on and on, and an extravagant, even luxurious finish with silky tannins and low acidity. Drink it over the next 15 or so years. Bravo!
This has a flattering, fleshy feel, with dark smoked mesquite and tobacco notes giving way to cocoa, plum sauce and roasted fig. A solid, hedonistic style, though perhaps a bit obvious for some. Drink now through 2019. 2,500 cases made.