Château La Gravière
Côtes de Bourg
Côtes de Bourg
Jacques Rodet makes this classic and flavorful example of the wines of the northern region of the Bordeaux vineyards. His vines are situated on the heights of the hills of the Côtes de Bourg, only two miles from the Gironde River.

The vineyard is planted to classic Bordeaux grapes, 48% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, but the blend from vintage to vintage varies according to the quality of the grapes from the various parcels. In Jacque’s own words (translated from French), the Merlot brings roundness, flesh and alcohol, the Cabernet Sauvignon brings framework and complexity and the Cabernet Franc brings framework and finesse. Aging in oak barrels for 12 - 14 months gives the wine an added dimension of flavor.

This is Jacques Rodet’s second wine, which proves to be an exceptional value in a good vintage such as 2000. Dominated by Merlot in the blend with a lesser amount of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine offers a rich fruit that falls into perfect balance with the acidity and yet is soft with ripe tannins so is quite approachable now.

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