Château de Chantegrive is today one of the largest and most prestigious estates in the Graves appellation with 97 hectares (240 acres) of vines. Soil composition: sand and pebbles over limestone and clay subsoil. Grape varieties: 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.Cultivation: Reasoned cultivation, grass-planted rows, sucker removal, cluster thinning. Vinification: cold pre-fermentary maceration followed by fermentation in small, temperature-controlled vats for 3-4 weeks. Barrel aged for 12 months in 50% new oak. Tasting: Beautiful ruby color, seductive and complex on the nose with hints of toasted bread and ripe blackberry. On the palate the attack is direct and generous, underpinned by silky tannins.