Chateau Haut Gravet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC 2010
By James Suckling
Chateau Haut Gravet St.-Emilion
Date: February 18th, 2013
A wine with beautiful purity of fruit and a mineral, chalky undertone. It's full-bodied with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Bright and delicious. Drink or hold.
By Wine Spectator
CHÂTEAU HAUT GRAVET St.-Emilion 2010
Issue: Jul 31, 2012
Very ripe and nicely polished, with ganache and fig paste notes melded together at the core, framed by toasty apple wood. A tarry edge carries the finish. Drink now through 2020. 6,000 cases made. -JM
By International Wine Report
Chateau Haut-Gravet 2010
The 2010 Chateau Haut-Gravet brings notes of black currants and dark plums along with roasted coffee, mint leaf and toasted oak. Tightly wound with a full juicy core of dark fruits and a long satisfying finish. Very Solid. (Best 2013-2023)
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2010 Haut Gravet
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate # 194 (May 2011)
Drink: 2013 - 2026
Another solid effort from the Aubert family, the 2010 Haut-Gravet exhibits copious crushed rock, black cherry and black currant notes intermixed with hints of incense and oak. With moderate tannins and a full-bodied, beefy style, it should last for 10-15 years.
By Serge Dore Selections
Chateau Haut-Gravet 2010 AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Haut Gravet, along with Chateau La Couspaude, is the jewel of the Aubert family vineyards. For over 20 years, Alain and his wife Bernadette have selected from among Haut Gravet’s 30 acres the best vines and applied traditional methods, tried and true to the history of Grand Cru wine, along with more modern methods, resulting in a wine which has evolved with time and is always progressing. From 40 year-old vines of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, this wine presents a delightful freshness and purity, extracted from the gravel and flint soils the vine roots reach deep into for minerals. The fruit on the wine is fresh and pure, with flavors of dark berries and elegant tannins. A certain mineral undertone hints at the flint soils in a most seductive way. A true pleasure. Alain Aubert is 6’3” tall, with impressive hands and a great smile on his face. “What do you know about wine?” he’ll ask. If you answer “Not much,” he’ll smile and say “Good, we will understand each other.” Then for the next few hours he’ll tell you all about the cultivation of grapes on the right piece of land. Treat them well, he says, and the harvest will be the result of the expression of each variety in balance with its respective terroir. The Alain Aubert vineyards are an authentic family wine estate, run by Alain and his wife Bernadette with the help of their three daughters and one of their sons-in-law. Amélie Aubert is specialized in vine growing and wine making, and is a certified oenologist. I recently called her to talk about her winemaking philosophy. “The soils,” she began, and I could practically hear her smile, “we’ve been working the soils, aerating the soils, really caring for them, to provide the vines with maximum nourishment.” Healthy grapes are the key to success, she explained. “We are farmers above all, and with minimal intervention, we want to produce the best quality grapes.” And you can taste it in the final result: wonderful fruity aromas envelop your senses in this delightful wine.
Saint-Emilion is an A.O.C. in the Bordeaux wine region, located on the right bank of the Dordogne River. This beautiful property is located at the foot of the Saint Emilion slopes. This soil is distinguished not only by its quality but also by its history. The village of Saint Emilion, which overlooks the vines of Chateau Haut-Gravet, is classified as a world UNESCO heritage site and is home to a number of architectural masterpieces dating from the Middle Ages. But it is nevertheless the exceptional quality of the wines produced around its walls that has made Saint Emilion world famous. Chateau Haut-Gravet, like the other great properties in this area, is at the same time the beneficiary and the guardian of this historical inheritance. To open a bottle of Chateau Haut-Gravet means that one’s guests are not only offered an exceptional wine, but are also invited to share a part of the universe marked by a thousand-year tradition.
Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Varieties: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Age of Vines: 40 years old
Soils: Gravel, flint
Farming: Plot selection, buds removal, green harvest, hand-picked
Aging: Cold maceration, malolactic fermentation in barrels (60-80% new), aging on the lees 20 months
Imported by Serge Dore Selections
By Wine Spectator
Vintage Chart: Bordeaux/ Right Bank Reds
Drink Rec: Hold
Description: Dry but not warm season led to powerful reds, with Merlot sporting slightly higher alcohols; Cabernet Franc excelled. St.-Emilion superb; stellar Pomerols.
By The Wine Advocate
Insanity, Glory, Blood, Tears, Lust, Tragedy, Extravagance, Avarice, Violence and Mythology on the Gironde. It is almost painful to tell the story of another great vintage in Bordeaux. The fact that 2010 follows the superb 2009 vintage is remarkable as well. And of course, there is the potential for serious wine consumers who love Bordeaux to once again be bludgeoned with skyrocketing prices that are likely to exceed those that were asked for 2009. Yet the world continues to change, and it is an inescapable truth that 2010 has produced another year of compelling Bordeaux that will go down as a prodigious vintage alongside 2009. Take your pick – this news is either tragic or mythical, but I have tasted enough wines from 2005, 2009 and 2010 to realize that these may be the three greatest Bordeaux vintages I have tasted in my career…." -Robert Parker [Issue #194. May 2, 2011]