Château Saint-Jean-des-Graves 2012

A very aromatic, fully flavoured and crisp white wine from Graves, Bordeaux.

Chateau Saint-Jean-des-Graves is one of those wines that has gone straight from tasting to that part of my brain where I will always remember it and drink it personally. It’s an excellent balance with both the likeness of Marlborough, New Zealand – those exciting, fresh zesty and herbaceous notes – combined with the more mellow Semillon which gives the wine hints of pineapple and fruity complexity.

It’s a blend more famous in Bordeaux for producing the sweet wine, Sauternes, but in this dry and crisp white wine it still has some of that medium body, giving it a fuller mouthfeel to be enjoyed. It’s this that goes some way to explain why it stands up to more food. The usually-flabby Semillon matches staggeringly well with spice and creamy food, while the Sauvignon’s relentless acidity keeps it an ideal match for most fish dishes.

Great finish with a really pleasant length, the wine will benefit from being served chilled.


Serve with…

…I would recommend pairing with white fish and citrus dressing, such as BBC Good Food’s zesty haddock with crushed potato and peas. Alternatively, this wine will go wonderfully well with Thai food, especially coconut milk based curries.

BFW Rating


A sublime Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with fresh and herbaceous notes, complexity, and some ageing potential.


Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon

Bordeaux, France



£-££ (Medium)

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