Official site: Fine, round and well-balanced. The bouquet of outstanding aromatic complexity features notes of fruit-jam and white flowers. This Sauternes reflects the exceptional minerality of the terroir of Haut-Barsac.
The Bernards, owners of Chateau Gravas since 1850, never set pompous targets like achieving big production volumes or a recognized status. They always strived to give the best care to the beloved land that bore them precious vines and to create a cozy ambience to enjoy their wine.
Developing according to its own priorities and speed – during half of its history it had been a modest 1-ha estate reaching 8 hectares in 1930 – Chateau Gravas has attained quite much – 87 million bottles sold since 1850, a solid reputation among Sauternes lovers, and a diverse wine-portfolio, the result of creativity and independence: 4 Sauternes labels are complemented by 2 dry white wines and a red, a rarity in the region.
Chateau Gravas is widely-known among lovers of fine arts for holding music concerts and displaying paintings and sculptures. The artistic approach has spread to the presentation of wines and is bound to create even more admirers: for 2 of their labels, Michel and Florence Bernard, the today’s owners, have selected a very unusual bottling: a carafe in the shape of a perfume-bottle and a glass.
Vineyard area: 20 hectares
Barrel-aging: 18 months (in French oak renewed every 3 years)