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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Graves Blanc 2021

White Wine from France - Bordeaux
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The Generation Graves Blanc 2021 is a classic example of the style of dry white Bordeaux that was popular in Britain in the early to mid-twentieth century. For our Generation Series range to celebrate The Society’s 150th Anniversary we collaborated with one of Bordeaux’s most respected château owners and négociants, Dourthe. The result is a classically-styled dry white Bordeaux which displays mouthwatering notes of white peach and citrus, and a long aromatic finish. It can be enjoyed with a wide variety of fish and seafood dishes, poultry, flambéd chicken livers and goats cheese. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £14.95 Bottle
Price: £89.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: BW7401

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Semillon
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2025
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, diam

More on the wine

Maison Dourthe, one of Bordeaux's most respected château owners and négociants. This hybrid business model (property owner and wine trader) gave us access to a wide palette of options when it came to blending the wine.

The wine is made from 54% semillon, which lends body and depth to the wine, 34% sauvignon blanc, contributing freshness and aromatic intensity, and 12% muscadelle, which adds a touch of grapiness on the finish.

The fruit came from three distinct terroirs. Firstly, the vineyards of Château Rahoul, which makes some of the best whites of the whole Graves appellation. The balance comes from grapes grown in Saint-Pierre de Mons and Toulenne. The wine was vinified and aged partially in barrel (20%) with the majority in stainless steel.

Dourthe

Pierre Dourthe launched this company as a wine merchant back in 1840, but it was the fourth generation, André and Roger, who began purchasing vineyards and properties in Bordeaux. It now manages 500 hectares of vines.

During the 20th century, as well as acquiring various Bordeaux properties – such as Château Belgrave in the Haut-Médoc, Château La Garde in Pessac-Léognan, Château le Boscq in Saint-Estèphe and Château Pey La Tour – the company launched a number of successful wine ranges, including Dourthe No. 1.

One of the few to play the dual role of owner/grower and negociant, the company operates from state-of-the-art facilities to the highest quality standards, employing the world-renowned Denis Doubourdieu and his team as consultant oenologists.

Dourthe No. 1’s white was launched in 1988, with the red following in 1993, and is the result of a partnership between Dourthe, some talented winemakers and a team of dedicated growers at the company’s partner vineyards. Led by Christophe Olliver, the team has worked together to create a distinctive, complex style, obtained by blending grapes from different soils.

The white – a 100% sauvignon blanc – is sourced from silty, clay soils in northern Blaye, giving intensity and aromatics, as well as clay-limestone in north-east and south-east Entre Deux Mers, which provides depth and complexity. It is fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel and spends six months ageing on its lees for added balance and finesse.

The red is...
Pierre Dourthe launched this company as a wine merchant back in 1840, but it was the fourth generation, André and Roger, who began purchasing vineyards and properties in Bordeaux. It now manages 500 hectares of vines.

During the 20th century, as well as acquiring various Bordeaux properties – such as Château Belgrave in the Haut-Médoc, Château La Garde in Pessac-Léognan, Château le Boscq in Saint-Estèphe and Château Pey La Tour – the company launched a number of successful wine ranges, including Dourthe No. 1.

One of the few to play the dual role of owner/grower and negociant, the company operates from state-of-the-art facilities to the highest quality standards, employing the world-renowned Denis Doubourdieu and his team as consultant oenologists.

Dourthe No. 1’s white was launched in 1988, with the red following in 1993, and is the result of a partnership between Dourthe, some talented winemakers and a team of dedicated growers at the company’s partner vineyards. Led by Christophe Olliver, the team has worked together to create a distinctive, complex style, obtained by blending grapes from different soils.

The white – a 100% sauvignon blanc – is sourced from silty, clay soils in northern Blaye, giving intensity and aromatics, as well as clay-limestone in north-east and south-east Entre Deux Mers, which provides depth and complexity. It is fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel and spends six months ageing on its lees for added balance and finesse.

The red is selected from the premium parcels of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot vines, and is aged in new French oak for 12 months.

The Dourthe family haven’t owned the company since 1998, when they sold it to its three directors, including Patrick Jestin, after which it became part of the Alain Thienot Champagne Group in 2007, with Patrick Jestin remaining as CEO. The company remains committed to growing grapes in exceptional terroirs, with each of its six châteaux managed by its own dynamic, committed team.
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