Chateau Graville-Lacoste 'Les Fleurs de Graville' Graves Blanc 2018
Hervé Dubourdieu’s easy charm and modest disposition are complemented by his focus and ferocious perfectionism. He prefers to keep to himself, spending most of his time with his family in his modest, tasteful home, surrounded by his vineyards in the Sauternes and Graves appellations. Roûmieu-Lacoste, situated in Haut Barsac, originates from his mother’s side of the family, dating back to 1890. He also owns Château Graville-Lacoste and Château Ducasse, where he grows Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle for his Graves Blanc and Bordeaux Blanc, respectively.
Hervé also occasionally produces a few barrels of “Les Fleurs,” which is a selection of some of his best Graves grapes that he vinifies separately and raises in barrel alongside his Sauternes (his other whites are raised in stainless steel). The wood brings another dimension and another level of complexity to this dry white. Lush with distinctive minerality and great nerve, this is an exceptional white Bordeaux value. - Kermit Lynch