2016 D'Archambeau, Graves

SKU #1386229 James Suckling

 A fruity and refined wine with blackberry and cherry character. Medium body and silky tannins.  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

Aromas of plums and berries with hints of chocolate and stones. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a savory finish.

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2019 | Send Email
A very approachable Bordeaux, that is soft and yet complex - On my notes I actually wrote "pure chocolate" with present but soft tannins - A delight!

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2019 | Send Email
This is very interesting sub-$15 Bordeaux coming from the end of the Graves region between Barsac and Cerons. The soil is a mixture of gravel and clay on limestone which I think really shines through in the wine. The '16 D’Archambeau is composed of 45% Cab, 50% Merlot and 5% Cab Franc. Strong pyrazine characteristics jump right out the glass, making me think of fresh green bell pepper, tomato vine, and thyme. There are fresh primary fruit aspects but more on the brambly side of things. Light to medium tannins. Good acid. Good drinking.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.