Vino: 2001 Prieure les Tours Graves

(Monday… did you do your homework? Time to comment and vote on the weekend’s wine…)

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Name: 2001 Prieure Les Tours Graves
Grape: Merlot, Cabernet and Cabernet Franc
Region: France

It is possible to find delicious Bordeaux that does not cost a fortune. Due to an archaic classification system, dating back to 1855, Bordeaux wines are judged by groups of houses rather than soil type. Therefore, two neighboring wineries who share everything but name (and classification) can produce similar wines that sell for very different prices. The more reputable house can get away with charging four to five times more than its neighbor!

Bordeaux is divided in half by the rivers Dordogne and Garonne, the right bank producing merlot-dominant wines, whereas the left bank focuses on Cabernet. Graves (pronounced graaves) is thought to be the oldest viticultural region in Bordeaux and gets its name from the gravelly soil. Cabernet from Graves should be an intense, structured, tannic red wine with flavors of eucalyptus and cassis. Better bottlings of Graves can age for decades. Pair with meat or heavy, rich foods.

Stores: Astor Wines and Spirits (12 Astor Place)