Released this afternoon for sale en primeur, 2022 Château Les Gravières is a familiar name to many of our customers, but you may not know too much about this unassuming little property in St-Emilion. A vineyard since the turn of the last century, since the late '90s it has been run by Denis Barraud (pictured below), also owner of Château Lynsolence. Sadly, he passed away earlier this year. His 2022 Les Gravières is a tribute to him, described as 'terrific' by Galloni, scoring it 91-93 points.
We have always enjoyed this wine for its generous fruit and notes of terroir which, as the name suggests, is based on gravel, with clay and limestone. The 4.5 hectare vineyard is planted to 100% Merlot, with vines averaging 40 years of age. It's a complete bargain at just over £14 per bottle in bond.
Offered en primeur, on allocation. Landing spring 2025.
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|RED||2022||Château Les Gravières||75cl||£170 per case of 12||Château Les Gravières
2022 / / 75cl
£170 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2022 Les Gravières, the last vintage under the late Denis Barraud, just comes across a little overripe on the nose. The palate is much better with fine grid layers of black plum and allspice. Gentle grip with touches of dark chocolate on the finish. Hopefully, the aromatics will meliorate during barrel maturation. 88-90 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"Revealing aromas of rich cherries, mint and toasty new oak, the 2022 Les Gravières is medium to full-bodied, broad and dramatic, representing a success in a more flamboyant, modern style. 89-91 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"2022 Les Gravières is a huge, brooding wine. Black fruit, gravel, spice, dried herbs, incense, licorice and scorched earth race out of the glass. This powerhouse Saint-Émilion packs a tremendous punch. Terrific. Tasted two times. 90-93 points." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"Tasted on two separate occasions with consistent notes, the 2022 Château Les Gravières is 100% Merlot harvested between September 14th and 17th from healthy yields of 55 hectoliters per hectare. It's a medium to full-bodied, ripe, yet seamless and balanced Saint-Emilion with lots of meaty, smoky red and black fruits, some tobacco, roasted coffee, and spring flower nuances, fine tannins, and a great finish. It's a beautifully made 2022 with lots to love. Due to the unfortunate passing of owner Denis Barraud in 2023, this estate is now being managed by Denis' nephew, Franck Canal-Descude, with consulting advice from Thomas Duclos's Oenoteam. 91-93 points" Jebdunnuck.com------"Juicy and delicious with hazelnut and berry character. Medium body. Creamy tannins. 92-93 points." James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com