Vineyards of Pessac-Léognan,
Barsac and Loupiac
The Graves region is where the first Bordeaux wines were made. It stretches for 60 kilometres (37 miles) to the south of the city between the Lande of Gironde and the right bank of the River Garonne. In the Middle Age, claret was made here and shipped to England, and in the 17th century, Graves wines were more reputed than those of its neighbours in the Medoc.
Graves and Medoc soils are comparable. Graves wines are distinctively elegant and subtle. The reds are made from the Merlot, Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot grape varieties, which make them highly coloured and sappy with delicate tannic structures. The dry whites made from Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle grapes, are sinewy with powerful bouquets. To the south of Graves, Sauternes and Barsac are located on undulating terrain.
Morning mists from the Ciron Stream, cleared by the autumn sun, contribute to the appearance of the famous “noble rot”. The world-celebrated late harvest sweet whites offer unique flavours.