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