I was very fortunate to receive a bottle of this good looking Sauternes recently, it’s the second wine of Chateau Gravas of which several critics have rated quite highly.
I’m a great fan of ‘second’ wines, often some first wines can be rather pricey whilst the so called ‘second’ wine often from younger vines, can be nearly as good at half the price. La Sirene de Giscours being another good example.
Six generations have produced wine at the small estate, which until 1930 was just one hectare, since then it’s increased to twenty hectares, small but perfectly formed springs to mind as both L’Esprit and their first wine have some good ratings and positive reviews on wine searcher. The chateau lies barely 4 Kms from the village of Barsac and is open week days only. Like everywhere else in France, shuts for lunch. See here for more to visit – a reservation in advance is adviseable.
I must say the L’Esprit de Gravas is extremely good, bouquet, classic Sauternes with honey and hints of quince and lemon, good length – can’t wait to try their first wine.
Their web site is here
Chateau Gravas may be well worth a visit as it was awarded ‘Best of wine tourism d’or 2014’.
6 lieu dit Gravas, 33720 Barsac
Tel 05 56 27 06 91