White, Ready, but will keep

2012 Ch. Rahoul Blanc, Graves

2012 Ch. Rahoul Blanc, Graves

White | Ready, but will keep | Ch. Rahoul | Code:  20041 | 2012 | France > Bordeaux > Graves | Sauvignon Blanc | Medium Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

87-89/100

Jancis

16.5/20

Parker

87-89/100

Decanter

16.5/100

The Wine Advocate - Caramelized citrus and butterscotch notes are followed by an elegant, crisp, fresh, medium-bodied dry white that is best consumed over the next 5-6 years.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 2013

Jancis - Hint of exotic fruits on the nose of this. Then some appetising minerality on the palate. Very slightly skinny finish but this criticism is to split hairs. Exciting and correct. Fan of green fruit flavours on the finish.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, 16 Apr 2013

Parker - Caramelized citrus and butterscotch notes are followed by an elegant, crisp, fresh, medium-bodied dry white that is best consumed over the next 5-6 years.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 2013

Decanter - Fine lemon yellow, lovely Semillon-Sauvignon blend and worthy of many Pessac-Leognans, very good wine.
Steven Spurrier, Decanter, April 2013

The Producer

Ch. Rahoul

Ch. Rahoul

Ch. Rahoul, in the wine appellation of Graves, is a truly historic property - one of the finest in the region and how it is still as affordable as it is, is a mystery to us. The pretty chartreuse was built in 1646 by the Chevalier Guillaume Rahoul and his coat of arms still adorns the label to this day. It became a prominent winery in the late 19th Century and Rahoul was featured in the 2nd edition of the Feret wine guide in 1868 as one of the best wines in the commune of Portets.

The current owner is Alain Thienot (of Champagne Thienot) who bought the property in 1986. No expense is spared in either the vineyard or the winery – quite simply they are aiming to produce the best wines possible here. Planted on sandy-gravel soils, with a majority of 75% Merlot, the style of the red is always voluptuous and rounded.

In a great vintage such as 2005, Rahoul produces wines of extraordinary opulence and richness. The palate has that reassuring touch of Graves minerality which reminds you that are still in Bordeaux and that their wines are very complex indeed.

The Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp  Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.

It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.

In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.

It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.

The Region

Graves

Graves

Graves is the region which first established Bordeaux's wine reputation. Its wines were exported to England as early as the 12th century and Samuel Pepys drank Ho Bryan (sic) in London on 10th April, 1663.

The names Graves is derived from ‘gravel’ and the best soils are gravel-rich, mixed with sand and occasionally clay. Graves is larger in areas than the Médoc but produces only half the amount of wine. The best wines of Graves were initially classified in 1953 with this classification being confirmed in 1959.

Until 1987, this entire region, which runs immediately south of the city of Bordeaux until it reaches Sauternes, was known as the Graves and its entirety is still sometimes informally referred to as such, but from the 1986 vintage a new communal district was created within Graves, based on the districts of Pessac and Léognan, the first of which lies within the suburbs of the city.

Pessac-Léognan has the best soils of the region, very similar to those of the Médoc, although the depth of gravel is more variable, and contains all the Classed Growths of the region. Some of its great names, including Ch. Haut-Brion, even sit serenely and resolutely in Bordeaux's southern urban sprawl.

The climate is milder than to the north of the city, and the harvest can occur up to two weeks earlier. This gives the best wines a heady, rich and almost savoury character, laced with notes of tobacco, spice and leather. Further south, the soil is sandier with more clay, and the wines are lighter, fruity and suitable for earlier drinking.

Recommended Châteaux

Ch. Haut-Brion, Ch. la Mission Haut-Brion, Ch. Pape Clément, Ch. Haut-Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier, Ch. Larrivet Haut-Brion, Ch. Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Ch. La Garde, Villa Bel-Air.

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