Grape(s): Sauvignon, Semillon
Localization: Bordeaux, France
Tasting notes: Chateau Crabitey Graves Blanc displays a fine, light yellow color and a nice brilliance. Its nose is fine and complex - even lemony with its pomelo scent - with some smoky notes. In the mouth, the wine is fully developed and complex, with a nice volume as well as a light acidity for freshness. The finish is long and distinguishes itself by nice and light woody and citrus fruit aromas.
Food pairing: Bisque, smoked fish, roasted chicken, and vegetables with fresh herbs
The Domain: Château Crabitey is situated in the town of Portets, a flagship wine-growing area in the Graves area of Bordeaux.
The Château was built in 1872 by Franciscan nuns who used it as an orphanage. The nuns planted vines in order to provide an income for the children in their care. After being in the hands of the church for more than 100 years, the estate was entrusted to Jean-Ralph de Butler. He restructured and extended the vineyards, and also built a new winery. In 1998, Jean-Ralph's son, Arnaud, succeeded his father and purchased the estate in full in 2008.
The vineyards of the Graves benefit from the cooling influence of the Garonne River just to the east, and the deep gravel soils add minerality and complexity to the wines.