Château de Chantegrive Rouge Graves 2014, Bordeaux, France

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.