Chateau les Gravieres, St Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, 2018
Owned by Denis Barraud, the estate has been family owned since it was first created at the end of the 19th Century. A tiny vineyard of just 4.5 Ha of Grand Cru Merlot in the communes of St Sulpice de Faleyrens and St Laurent des Combes in St Emilion. Sandy gravel, deep gravels, cool ferriferous sub-soil. Average age 38 to 45 years.
After being rigorously sorted on tables as they enter the winery, the harvest is destalked and lightly crushed. Long macerations are carried out in order to extract all their aromas. Aging in 100% new barrels for 16 months.
Wine Advocate 94-96 / 100
James Suckling 91-92 / 100