Fleurs de Gravilles Graves Blanc

Limited and Lovely: 2020 Graville-Lacoste Les Fleurs de Graville

This micro-production White Bordeaux was a runaway success last year. We had sold out of this one prior to Thanksgiving, but my sales rep found us 7 more cases. Thus, I put it back on deal while supplies last.

This is a very special wine, only made in the best vintages and only made in tiny quantities. The wine is quite beloved in Bordeaux and throughout France, and importer Kermit Lynch only gets 100 cases for the US market each year. I'm thrilled to announce that we were able to secure 14 of those precious cases this year.

Graville-Lacoste Les Fleurs de Graville

2020 Chateau Graville-Lacoste 'Les Fleurs de Graville' Graves Blanc 

96 points and one of the finest White Bordeaux values in the galaxy! - Team Table Wine 

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In exceptional vintages, Hervé Dubourdieu of Graville-Lacoste separates Semillon from his oldest hectare of vines and raises it in barriques. His inspiration is the classic White Graves of Haut-Brion and Carbonnieux,  wines that helped establish White Bordeaux as one of the most prized whites produced in all of France.

Given the pristine quality of the 2020 vintage, Hervé set aside enough for eight barrels (200 cases), of which Kermit Lynch gets a total of only 100 cases for the whole US. The fact that "little old Table Wine" got any is nothing short of amazing. Especially when you consider the supply never meets demand for this one.

Dubourdieu's Fleurs de Graville Graves Blanc is his rarest creation, and it hails from the gravelly soils of Graves, in the southern part of Bordeaux. The blend is equal parts Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc produced from 50 to 60 year old vines. These rocky, limestone-rich soils drain incredibly well and stress the vines to produce grapes with a ton of flavor. Fermentation, battonage, and aging take place in fine-grained Hermitage barriques. The wine then sees 8 months of oak aging and is bottled without filtration.

This is one of those wines that literally "screams out of the glass," saying "drink me, drink me." Soaring notes of white peach, golden apple, apricot, mango, papaya, vanilla bean, white flowers, musky herb, and minerality are all present on the nose and the palate. Full-bodied and full-flavored, it still maintains zesty acids and is fermented completely dry. 

I'm lucky to have had wines like Haut-Brion Blanc ($800/bottle) and Carbonnieux Blanc ($75+/bottle). This one easily goes toe-to-toe with both of those and it also ages incredibly well too. I will have serious issues aging mine, but I'll do my best. I suspect if I can keep my hands off of this one for 5-7 years, drinking it then will be akin to a transcendental experience.

One last word of advice -- DO NOT SERVE THIS ONE TOO COLD! You will mute all of those beautiful and exotic aromas and flavors. With Christmas just around the corner, I think this would be a great accompaniment to the feast this year or in 2026.

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Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville