Graves is the only region in Bordeaux that is famous for producing both red and white wines.
This white is made mainly from Semillon with around 15% Sauvignon to add fresh acidity and 5% Muscadelle for its floral quality. Aged in oak barrels for four months.
Extending the Medoc, the Graves region includes Bordeaux and its surroundings. Bordered on the west by the pine forest and the sea, and on the east by the river Garonne, its climate is very mild. This is the oldest wine region in Bordeaux.
The vineyard takes its name from the quality of its soil. It is composed of rocky debris pulled from the mountains by the river and deposited by regular floods.
The viticultural quality of the land is, in part, due to the ease of its natural drainage, exposure, and the presence of these gravel ridges.
To select the best wines used in the preparation of the Sélection BPHR Graves Blanc, Baron Philippe de Rothschild created a system of partnerships with the appellation's producers. Each plot is therefore selected for its specific characteristics and then monitored throughout the year by Baron Philippe de Rothschild winemakers, always maintaining very high standards.
The millésime 2013 was generally rainy and cold. It required Bordeaux winemakers a lot of subtlety and technology to successfully create a great wine. The aromatic potential of white grapes, including Sauvignon, was announced to be interesting, thanks to a month of August and an early September with lots of sunshine. The musts revealed a pleasant and rich aroma as well as a good acidity necessary for dry white wines. The presence in the field and the expertise of the winemakers Baron Philippe de Rothschild allowed us to optimize and guarantee a thousandth of quality.
The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed, then squeezed and clarified. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature (18-20 ° C) to maintain all expression of the fruit. The wines are aged in barrels protected from oxygen before bottling at the Vinícola Center. Every care is taken to preserve the fruit's aromas and the typicality of the wine.
Sélection BPHR Graves Blanc is produced from a blend of Sémillon (77%) that offers a round and powerful wine, Sauvignon Blanc (19%) that gives freshness, fruit and floral aromas, and Muscadelle (2%) that it brings pronounced aromatic character.
COLOR : Bright pale yellow with a slight green.
NOSE : The nose, initially mineral, opens with notes of fresh fruits and citrus fruits (grapefruit) and yellow fruits (apricot).
MOUTH : The attack marked by minerality is fresh and elegant. We find in the middle of the palate the complexity of the fruits of the nose: citrus, boxwood and yellow fruits. The finish is prolonged thanks to the minerality that extends the wine. Alc. 12.5% vol.
Seafood, oysters, grilled fish, fried sole, salmon tartar, pasta with clams, St Jacques scallops with saffron.
Temperature : 10-11°C
Region: Graves - Bordeaux
Grapes: Sémillon (77%) Sauvignon Blanc (19%) Muscadelle (2%)
Side dish: Seafood, oysters, grilled fish, fried sole, salmon tartar, pasta with clams, St Jacques scallops with saffron