Château Manoir du Gravoux

Château Manoir du Gravoux

The Manoir is an old medieval chateau, located on the top of a dale, facing the Domaine de l'A (Stéphane Derenoncourt's own property). Put together, the various parcels of this small valley make up the whole vineyard. The vines are classified according to their age and their degree of exposure to the sun. The combination of our rigorous work in the vineyard and ideal natural conditions (clay-limestone soils, south-exposed slopes, natural draining), enables the grapes to reach perfect maturity. The berries are picked according to each parcel’s stage of maturation and a highly precise vinification can then be undertaken. Our job in the winery is based on accurate extractions, in order to obtain a very fine wine, with a great fruit character and elegant tannins.

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A.O.C. : Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux
Location : Saint-Genès de Castillon
Production : 80 000 Bottles
Surface : 18.82 ha
Yields : 32Hl / ha
Geology : Clay-limestone plateau
Orientation of rows : North - South
Trellising type : High trellis to maximise the foliage surface
Draining : Natural through the slope
Planted grape varieties : 88% Merlot - 12% Cabernet Franc
Average age of vineyard : 25 years
Pruning : Simple guyot, restructurising into double guyot
Operations on the ground : Grassing on 50% of rows, scraping on 50% of rows, no chemical weeding
Fertilization mode : Corrective supply of green manure at the end of winter
Vineyard protection : Reasoned - treatments are positioned according to vegetative stage and dosed according to the pressure of diseases
Green works : Thinning out new branches + topping and trimming + disbudding + base-disbudding + thinning out leaves on both sides of the row
Harvests starting decision-making : Parcel analysis through tasting
Harvesting : Machine
Operations on crop : Berry sorting table, then total destemming of grapes
Number of people at sorting : 4-6 people
Vats : Stainless steel
Vat house capacity : 47 to 207 hl
Vinification : Parcel-based, smooth extraction through fractionated pumping-overs + 1 délestage (gentle destructurising of the cap of solids)
Maceration : 20 days
Fermentation temperature : 28-30°C
Press wine operations : Separate ageing in vats
Malolactic fermentation : In vats
Maturing : 9 months
Ageing process : In vats - micro-oxygenation on fine lees
Filtration : Loose filtration to respect the structure of the wine
Bottling : Château

Wine Spectator

November 19, 2010About 2009 vintage

Ripe ans fresh, offering a solid core of crushed black cherry and dark current fruit that stays lively, with hints of anise and tobacco that linger on the open-knit finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. -J.M. Score: 88

James Molesworth

Le Grand Guide des Vins de France

Aout 2008About 2006 vintage

« Bouché avec une capsule à vis, ce Castillon offre un fruit parfaitement préservé.Un vin harmonieux, équilibré, gourmand et déjà prêt à boire» 15/20 (disponible aussi en bouchon liège)

Bettane & Desseauve

Le Grand Guide des Vins de France

Aout 2008About 2005 vintage

« Structuré, charpenté, ambitieux, mais aujourd’hui plus fermé que le 2006, c’est un vin que l’on peut garder encore un ou deux ans avant de l’ouvrir pour qu’il exprime son potentiel » 15/20

Bettane & Desseauve

Wine Spectator

Nov 19, 2010About 2009 vintage

Ripe ans fresh, offering a solid core of crushed black cherry and dark current fruit that stays lively, with hints of anise and tobacco that linger on the open-knit finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. -J.M. Score: 88

James Molesworth

Revue du Vin de France

Février 2007About 2004 vintage

Commercialisé sous le label Terra Burdigala, ce cru est suivi par Stéphane Derenoncourt et son équipe. Le vin, corpulent allie fraîcheur de fruit et puissance en finale. Une belle réussite dans ce millésime. Note : 15/20

The Irish Times

Nov. 15th 2008About 2005 vintage

Bottle of the week - Made with nearly 90 per cent Merlot, this has wonderful ripe elegant plum fruits, with some perfectly integrated tannins. Good length and lovely restraint - a real gentleman. Serve with roast lamb. Stockists: Mad about Wine, Moycullen; www.jnwine.com[http://www.jnwine.com] €16.70

John Wilson

The Wine Spectator

2004About 2003 vintage

Very fruity, with lovely berry and spice character. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a delicious finish. This little château is trying hard. From consulting enologist Stephane Derenoncourt and Terra Burdigala.

James Suckling

Gault & Millau

Février-Mars 2004About 2002 vintage

Stéphane Derenoncourt, l’illustre oenologue bordelais qui signe les vins les plus en vue, a réalisé un petit bijou. Ce beau vin dense, aux tannins élégants, certes encore un peu jeune, est d’une harmonie époustouflante à un prix d’amis. Point n’est besoin d’être riche pour bien boire. Coup de cœur !

Drinks - The Magazine of Fine Wine, Spirits and Living

Dec 2006About 2003 vintage

Bargain Bordeaux to try - Pedigree counts, and it shows in this collaborative by François Thienpont, whose family owns Le Pin, and Stephane Derenoncourt, consultant to the chic châteaux. The result is a wine with velvety blueberry creaminess and supple tannins around the edges.

Roger Morris

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