The Graves, so called because of the gravely soil, lies to the South of Bordeaux and covers several appellations producing both red and dry white wine. It is the land of the Cabernet Sauvignon, but also of the Sauvignon Blanc.
Surrounding and including the city of Bordeaux, the Graves region lies to the South of the Medoc. Bordered by the Garonne river and pine wood forests, it is approximately sixty kilometres long and twenty kilometres large. Various small rivers cut across the country, giving the scenic landscapes a unique charm. Meadows mingle with pine, oak and acacia wood forests spreading a superb bouquet of fragrances. But the true richness of the Graves region is its rich soil, producing smooth and harmonious red wines and unctuous, fruity dry white wines. Large and small calibre sunny gravel, hills with pronounced slopes form this perfect drainage sub-soil.
The essential characteristic of a great red wine is its ageing capacity. Red wines have mainly contributed to the reputation of Graves wines, and also to the reputation of the Vin de Bordeaux. The Pontac family, owner of Haut-Brion, launched the concept of complex and fine wines, back in the 17th century.
Standing out triumphantly from the constant urbanization, the great domains of Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Chateau les Carmes Haut Brion, Chateau Picque Caillou, and Chateau Pape Clément, true reflections of the terroir, are still narrating the story of the great wines from this region.