Château La Grave | Pomerol, France
Château La Grave à Pomerol lies to the north-west of the Pomerol plateau bordering Lalande de Pomerol and is owned by Christian Moueix himself. It is here that a sandy, gravel soil makes for accessible wines which tend towards elegance and finesse rather than power, albeit admirable, as is often seen elsewhere on the plateau.
The Moueix exercise rigorous crop thinning and severe selection to ensure a silky opulence, whilst retaining the fragrant charm and delicate minerality which is a La Grave à Pomerol hallmark. The vineyard, beautifully exposed, is on a fine plateau which catches any sunlight available. This estate used to be called La Grave Trigant de Boisset, but was changed by Christan Moueix in 1986. From 2000, Christian elected to make a second wine 'Domaine Trigant de Boisset' from separately vinified, younger vines – thereby ensuring the integrity of La Graves, the older brother.