2008 Trebiac, Graves

SKU #1079676

You need look no further than Graves for a screamingly good example of ready-to-drink value-packed Merlot-based red. Tobacco, oak notes and black currant aromas and flavors have fine Bordeaux written all over them. This tastes like a $30 bottle of wine, which comes in handy at dinner parties!

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2012 | Send Email
Drinking wonderful now, the 2008 Trediac has nice round fruit balanced out with subtle mineral flavors. It is a joy to drink, well worth the price and should go great with hearty foods.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2011 | Send Email
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An hour or two in the decanter does this wine a huge favor. What initially seemed tight blossomed into a very fragrant pleasant wine. The fruit is pretty upfront for Graves but what it has in fruit does not take anything away from it’s classic “stoney” quality and minerality on the finish. A great wine for people looking for something that is easy to enjoy young but has enough complexity to make this wine show beyond it’s very modest price tag.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2011 | Send Email
This wine has really come together and is showing beautifully. It was a bit rustic last year when we tried it Bordeaux but that has evolved. The nose took a bit to open (2 hours) but then it exploded with black raspberry aromas along with an underlying dusty minerality. The lush mid-palate of dark fruit is supported by fine tannins with some astringency on the finish. The best part though is the finish that delivers heady black fruit and plenty of dusty minerality.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/22/2011 | Send Email
This is a typical 2008 from Graves--lots of mineral and earth on the palate. A bit closed on nose. Decant and enjoy with steak. This one has great core of fruit under some apparent tannin.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2011 | Send Email
The latest version of this best seller does not disappoint. This is clean, sweet and gravely with wonderfully refreshing minerality on the finish and shows classic Graves earth and a tight core of bright fruit.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.