2015 L'Avocat Rouge, Graves

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Ch. L’Avocat is from the small commune of Cerons, which is located just north of Barsac and Sauternes in the southern Graves appellation. I met Nicola Allison at a small conference of Women from Bordeaux and Napa Valley in Napa earlier. She followed my advice by sending her wines to our hotel in April to be tasted, and Clyde and I liked them. I followed up by visiting the estate almost eight weeks later and was shown the gravely, plateau vineyards by her husband Sean who manages the vines. The vineyards were purchased by the Allisons in 2002; the fruit was previously sold to Mouton Rothschild. At 300 feet above the Garrone river, the vineyards have stunning views of the lovely Côtes de Bordeaux, this elevation is a key factor for great drainage, and the soil is loaded with different color gravels that impart the textbook minerality both their whites and reds feature. (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux Expert)

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2018 | Send Email
K&L has been selling this wine for many years and it has always earned its place on the self. The 2015 reflects the vintage with a full body and deep dark fruit flavors. This is complemented by mineral notes and a nice balance. Ready to drink now, this wine is complex and a joy to drink It will go well with hearty foods.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2018 | Send Email
This wine showcases not only its appellation but the vintage as well. It is approachable, but a passage through the decanter will round it up. Cassis, brown sugar, and loads of minerality framed by firm but not at all harsh tannins. A wine to dress up any dinner.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2018 | Send Email
Year in and out, the Allisons provide the world this small-production, completely estate-fruited blend for a ludicrously low price. It shows rich brambly fruit with a touch of spice, gravelly minerals. True to the vintage, it has very soft, supple tannins with great acidity on the finish.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2018 | Send Email
This may be one of our greatest under $20 finds from the vintage! Don't underrate the wines of the Graves. Although the vintage was warm and many of the wines are quite big, Chateau l'Avocat has kept their wines very restrained and elegant in style. Yes, there is rich red fruit here, but it is well balanced by acidity and fine-boned tannin. The palate is loaded with red plum, cassis, baking spices, licorice, and menthol. This is a pretty little wine that will age like something of a much higher price point.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2018 | Send Email
The latest version of this K&L favorite is deeply fruited, powerful and a classic bargain for the appellation. This earthy and gravely wine has a middle filled with cocoa laced dark fruit and a long stony finish showing sweet tannin. Decant this fruity and structured bargain tonight or lay a few bottles away for 5 to 10 years.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- 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.