Chateau Haut Mayne Graves – Bordeaux is a magical place where all aspects of terroir come together to create amazing wine. The wine makers fortunate enough to work in this subregion of france are master blenders. Unlike the Burgundians, they believe each grape has a part to play and that skilled wine making intertwined with incredible fruit quality will make a better wine than any of the building blocks on their own. In Graves, an even smaller section of Bordeaux located on the southwest edge, their primary grape is Cabernet Sauvignon which is balanced by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These varieties, in addition to the incredibly gravely soils which gave the region it’s name, give you an extremely earthy wine with plenty of force and character.
Despite being only 6 years old, this wine is already showing signs of age. In the glass the edges are faded but the core is still a deep plum purple. The nose has noes of dark fruit, damp grass, mushroom and crushed stones. The palate continues the trend but adds mouth drying tannins; structure is necessary for long lived Bordeaux. The finish is slightly herbaceous with notes of toasted cedar and longer than I anticipated. This is a really great glimpse of Graves for a price we can all enjoy.