Chateau Gravas, Sauternes 2005 The nose features honey, flowers and minerality with an appropriate amount of volatility. In the mouth, the honey-essence and caramel are there in a light-bodied format with a touch of spiritous character.
Previously I wrote: This wine hasn’t been a show stopper but it isn’t bad. I mean this in the best way possible. Sauternes from the heavyweight producers has become prohibitively expensive for many. The Gravas offers a glimpse of what Sauternes tastes like, albeit in a light-bodied, thinner expression.
The grapes are 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc from 60 year old vines. The harvest is conducted in successive tries to capture the fruit as desired. The wine is aged in French and American oak. Recoltant a Barsac et mis en bouteille a Barsac 13.5% up $6 for the previous ’04 to $17.99 for a 375 ml at Bottle Barn