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Château de Chantegrive, Graves | BKWine Pick

Mme Leveque of Chateau Chantegrive and the winemaker Christian Elia

Mme Leveque of Chateau Chantegrive and the winemaker Christian Elia, copyright BKWine Photography

Château de Chantegrive is one of the few really big chateaux in AC Graves (the other big ones are in Pessac-Leognan), with 90 hectares of vines. This is also the star of the Graves appellation (and one of our big favourites).

The chateau is a family owned and is run by Hélène Lévêque. It was her parents who created the property in 1966. They started with two hectares and gradually built up the vineyards to the 90 hectares that they have today.

The chateau makes two different white wines. Chantegrive Blanc 2011 is made of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sémillon. A very enjoyable wine with quite a lot of sauvignon blanc character and lemon and white flowers on the nose.

The other white wine is Cuvée Caroline, a forerunner in Graves when it comes to high quality white wines.

The reds are also available in two versions: a fruity and classic Château Chantegrive and a little more complex and rich Cuvée Henri Leveque.

More info: www.chantegrive.com

Chateau Chantegrive. Graves, Bordeaux

Chateau Chantegrive. Graves, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

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