2015 Chateau Ducasse Graves – Dry White Bordeaux Wine

Chateau Ducasse Graves 2015 - White Bordeaux

Chateau Ducasse Graves 2015 – White Bordeaux

2015 Chateau Ducasse Graves – Costco $11.99

Reviewed by Vintage Wine Taster Mike B

Graves is an important wine appellation of Bordeaux. It is south of the city of Bordeaux. Graves is famous for its reds, dry white wines, and sweet wines. The dry white wines from this region are commonly called Graves Blanc. The 2015 Chateau Ducasse is a delightful blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 60% Semillon.  This is somewhat of an unusual blend. Most often, Sauvignon Blanc is the predominant grape in a white Bordeaux wine. Vintage Wine Taster Joe mentioned that he recently tasted a fantastic Graves Blanc that was 100% Sauvignon Blanc produced by Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. But that one was 83 Euros. This one is considerably less.

Tasting Notes: The Chateau Ducasse is estate grown and bottled.  From my research, it appears that this is their second line of a White Graves. This white wine has  flavors of spring flowers and stone fruit.  It is dry and extremely clean, with what I label a gold-green color.  This wine will go best with salads, shrimp, mild cheese or as a pre-dinner wine.  I give it 88 points for value and quality.

I purchased this wine at the Foster City Costco store. If you shop at Costco, look for this wine and buy a couple of bottles to add to your wine cellar collection. It is not often that one finds a Graves Blanc in a wine cellar or chiller. It’s a must!

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Comments

  1. The Claire de Lune from Domaine de Chevalier is interesting. Wonder how much was made and where it is sold. It is a negotiant wine? At $25 that represents a steal if it is made in the same style of the grand cru. Great White Bordeaux for the money at K&L Chateau de France 2014– grand cru quality at about $24 a bottle.

  2. Dennis Mitchell says

    Smith Haut Lafitte is not a Graves Blanc appellation, but it does carry the Pessac-Léognan designation. It’s not entirely Sauvignon Blanc, by the way.

    The Domaine de Chevalier owner has a vineyard site in Sauternes & Bommes which produces wines called “Clos des Lunes.” They also have a winery there and produce three wines. The entry level was not a noteworthy bottle when I tasted it.

    By the way, it seems Costco is a go-to venue for wine buying. I prefer to shop at independent retail places as these stores offer more interesting wines (in my opinion) and I appreciate that they can turn me on to their latest finds.

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