2016 Petit Gravet Ainé, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1305442 93-96 points Vinous

 The 2016 Petit Gravet Ainé is a total turn-on. Deep, powerful and voluptuous, the 2016 brings together the aromatic expressiveness of Cabernet Franc with the plush fruit of Merlot. Espresso, raspberry jam, mint, rose petal and blood orange are some of the signatures. Exotic, alluring and stunningly beautiful, the 2016 simply has it all. What a gorgeous wine this is! At times, Petit Gravet Ainé can be dominated by the Cabernet Franc, but that is not the case with the 2016 (at least not today), as the sheer density of the fruit is incredibly prominent. Tasted three times.  (4/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Petit-Gravet-Aine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 100% new French oak. The new oak here is neatly integrated into the abundant black fruit with red cherries and a touch of orange rind. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a pleasant savory and bell pepper note from the Cabernet Franc, spicy with fine structure and a persistent finish. Plenty of personality here; this is an excellent Saint Emilion to follow up the impressive 2015. (NM)  (4/2017)

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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 M├ędoc 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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Saint Emilion