A White Graves Wine – a tasty and refreshing wine from Bordeaux

Chateau De Chantegrive White Graves

2011 Chateau De Chantegrive Graves

When traveling through Marin County, I always look for a chance to stop in at the Novato Costco store. The Novato Costco has a terrific wine department. I find wines at this Costco that are not carried at any of the San Mateo Peninsula Costco stores. The wine department is so good here that, on my visit, two wine specialists were working the aisles. I was very excited when I found this White Bordeaux on the wine shelf for $13.99. The wine steward mentioned that this was a recent addition to their wine inventory.

Bordeaux, as we all recognize, is most famous for its red wines. Lesser known, however, is the fact that Bordeaux produces some lovely dry white wines. These account for only a small percentage of Bordeaux wines. These dry white wines are produced by blending mostly Sauvignon Blanc and  Semillon. The appellation of Graves produces a good amount of Graves White or Graves Blanc.  The 2011 Chateau Chantegrive is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Tasting Notes – 2011 Chateau Chantegrive White Graves

This wine comes with a screw top. Ordinarily, one might consider a 2011 vintage of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon to be past its prime. Not this one; it is fresh and explodes with a generous amount of aromatic flavors. It is crisp, refreshing and delicious. It makes a great aperitif wine. The finish is strong and lasting, with a touch of minerality. The citrus flavors are gentle and soothing to the palate. The equal combination of the Sauvignon Blanc and the Semillon makes this wine full and lively with lots of character. I rate the 2011 Chateau Chantegrive at 89 Points. I am hoping I can find the wine at my local Costco stores. I am looking forward to having several bottles of this White Graves stocked in my wine cellar.

Foods we like with the 2011 Chateau Chantegrive White Graves

  • Breaded and fried Petrale Sole
  • Linguine with clam sauce
  • Halibut
  • Any white light fish


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