Chateau Chantegrive Graves Bordeaux, Complete Guide


Learn everything about Chateau Chantegrive Graves with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on winemaking and vineyards. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Chantegrive History, Overview

Chateau Chantegrive is not an old estate, especially by the standards of Bordeaux. Chateau Chantegrive was founded in 1966 by the well-known and popular courtier, Henri Leveque. The vineyard was cobbled together by purchasing parcels in a myriad of terroirs located in the Southern Graves region from the various communes of; Cerons, Illats, Podensac, and Virelade.

Chateau Chantegrive Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 95-hectare Southern Graves vineyard of Chateau Chantegrive is planted to both red and white Bordeaux wine grapes. 60 hectares are used for the production of red Bordeaux wine. 35 hectares are reserved for the production of white Bordeaux wine.

For the red wine grapes, the vineyard is planted to an even split of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. For the white wine, the vineyard is planted to interestingly enough, an even split again of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon.

The terroir is a mix of gravel, sand, limestone, and small, quartz stones in the soil. The vines are on average 30 years of age.

To produce the red wine of Chateau Chantegrive, the wine is vinified in tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in an average of 33% new, French oak barrels for 15 months.

For the production of the Chateau Chantegrive Blanc, vinification takes place in 50% new, French oak barrels. There is no skin contact. There is no malolactic fermentation. Chateau Chantegrive makes three different white Bordeaux wines.

Chateau Chantegrive and two Cuvees, Cuvee Caroline, which is a slightly higher-end version of their white wine, and Les Oiseaux Le Panache which is a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon.

There is a second wine, Benjamin de Chantegrive. Until 1995, the estate used to produce Cuvee Edouard, which came from the oldest vines in the vineyard. That wine is no longer produced. On average, the annual production of Chateau Chantegrive is close to 40,000 cases per year. The estate also produces a sweet, white Bordeaux wine in the Cerons appellation.

The Best Vintages of Chateau Chantegrive are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005. Although it is important to note that vintages can vary as to their quality between the white wine and the reds with as in some years, the reds are markedly better and in other vintages the white wines are superior.

When to Drink Chateau Chantegrive, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Chantegrive can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Chantegrive is usually better with at least 1-3 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Chantegrive offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-5 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Chantegrive, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Chantegrive is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Chantegrive is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau Chantegrive is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

The white wine of Chateau Chantegrive is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal, and cheese.

Château de Chantegrive Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château de Chantegrive Blanc  (Graves) 90

Notes of lemons and green apples pop from the nose while loads of energetic, sweet, yellow citrus and spice hit your palate. Juicy and fresh with good lift, this will be easy to like on release. This is a solid white Bordeaux wine value. 90 Pts

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2020 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline  (Graves) 90

Honeysuckle, lemon rind, pomelo, spice and tangerine all make an appearance on the nose and refreshing, zesty, sweet, creamy palate. This is going to be great to enjoy on a hot sunny afternoon. 90 Pts

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2020 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 89

Showing an unusually deep color, the wine is equally packed with smoky, dark red fruits, savory herbs and spice. Medium-bodied, sweet and juicy, with ample fruit on the palate, the wine is already accessible and easy to drink. This is a serious value wine that savvy shoppers should pay attention to. 88-90 Pts

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2019 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline  (Graves) 91

Curried lemons, white peach, vanilla, and yellow citrus scents shine through on the nose. The wine is fresh, sweet, juicy and vibrant on the palate, finishing with creamy, sweet, citrus peel with a touch of vanilla bean. Drink from 2022-2028. 91 Points

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White peach, green apple, vanilla and lemon wax permeate the nose. On the palate, the wine borders between lush and fresh, with a creamy, lemon peel finish. 90 Pts

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2019 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 90

Medium-bodied, soft, refined and already open, the polished, red fruits with their touches of herbs, tea and dark cocoa are ready to go. This will be charming to drink on release. Drink from 2022-2032. 90 Points

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Medium-bodied, elegant, forward and easy to drink, the fruit is sweet and ripe with a hint of smoke and soft textures. This will be fun to drink on release. 87-89 Pts

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2019 Château de Chantegrive Blanc  (Graves) 88

Lemons, almonds, and a bit of white peach show up in the nose and on the palate. Forward, sweet, fresh and fully, ready-to-go, you can drink this on release and over the next few years. Drink from 2022-2025. 88 Points

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2018 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline  (Graves) 92

Lemon, pear, honeysuckle and green apple fruits are ripe, juicy and fresh. Creamy in texture with freshness and plenty of pomelo and lemon in the finish, this is really showing well. 92 Points

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Leaning to the tropical side, you also find vanilla, lemon peel, pineapple and tangerine with a hint of honeysuckle on the nose and palate. This will be best enjoyed in its youth for maximum freshness. 88 Points

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2018 Château de Chantegrive Blanc  (Graves) 90

Sweet, fresh, juicy, vibrant grapefruit, lemon and white peach fruits come though on the nose and juicy, creamy textured palate. This is perfect for near term drinking. 90 Points

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Pomelo, pineapple and lemon offer a nice initial pop along with honeysuckle and tropical fruits. Drink this on the young side for the maximum amount of fruit and freshness. 86 Points

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2018 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 89

Forward, medium bodied, elegant, fresh, sweet, soft and smoky styled wine. The fruit has a really nice touch this year, good ripeness, vibrancy and a bit of smoke in the red berry finish. 89 Points

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Medium bodied, elegant and light on its feet, the wine is soft, elegant and easy to understand, as the ripe, red fruits with their earthy, smoky accents come with an early drinking charm. 87-89 Pts

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2016 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 88

The smoky character shines through here. That's followed up by the medium bodied, core of soft, polished, red fruits, tobacco and more smoke. This is a perfect example of an early drinking charmer with character. 88 Points

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Medium bodied, with a smoky core of soft, polished, red fruits and tobacco, this early drinking charmer will be ready to taste on release. 88 Points

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2016 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline  (Graves) 88

Juicy, crisp, yellow, citrus fruits, vanilla and apples, paired with refreshing acidity and a strong, grapefruit oriented finish. 88 Points

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2016 Château de Chantegrive Blanc  (Graves) 85

Forward, easy to like, crowd pleaser, with plenty of juicy, crisp, citrus and bits of green apples to keep you busy. Drink this cool, and on the young side. 85 Points

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2015 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline  (Graves) 90

A delicious blend of ripe, juicy, crisp, lemon, pomelo, tangerine, and a dab of honey to round things out. Crisp, fresh and lively, this is ready to go. 90 Points

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2015 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 87

Forward, medium bodied, easy drinking style of wine that delivers an uncomplicated smoked, cherry, plum and espresso tinged experience. 87 Points

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The best red wine ever from Chantegrive. With depth of color, smoke, thyme, plum, espresso and earthy character, this wine is fresh, forward and fruity in the finish. 86 - 88 Pts

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2014 Château de Chantegrive Blanc  (Graves) 88

Well priced, dry, white Bordeaux wine with a vanilla tinged, fresh, just squeezed, bright array of citrus fruits and refreshing mouth feels, with a touch of honeysuckle, giving the wine more complexity. 88 Points

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2014 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 85

Light, fresh, forward, easy going, simple, but charming, tobacco and red plum centered wine. 85 Points

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With a push towards more ripeness and concentration, this wine has depth of flavor but is overwrought with the taste of oak and extraction. 84-86 Pts

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2013 Château de Chantegrive Blanc  (Graves) 88

Pleasant easy drinking, forward, white Bordeaux wine with a grapefruit and lemon zest personality for early, uncomplicated, summer drinking. 88 Points

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2013 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 83

Blending 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot produced a light simple, red berry quaffer, with too much oak in the finish. 83 Points

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2012 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline  (Graves) 88

Fresh, crisp, sweet citrus fruits, a touch of vanilla and floral aromas add to the complexity and refreshing, grapefruit dominated finish. 88 Points

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2012 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 86

This is a lighter, easy drinking, soft wine, with ample, red fruits that offers, early, uncomplicated drinking. 86 Points

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2010 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 88

Medium bodied, with a smoky, black cherry, earth and fennel nose, the wine can use another few years to soften and come together. This is a nice Bordeaux value wine. 88 Points

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2010 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline  (Graves) 88

From a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon, the medium bodied wine pops with fresh grapefruit, lemon peel, vanilla, smoke and citrus. Fresh, lively and forward, this is a nice, early drinking, white Bordeaux value wine. 88 Points

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2009 Château de Chantegrive Blanc  (Graves) 89

Bright, zippy and fresh, with a lot of just squeezed grapefruit notes and a hint of vanilla, this drinks well young. 89 Points

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2009 Château de Chantegrive  (Graves) 88

A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a wine that opens with truffles, earth, dark fruit and coffee aromas. Soft and already accessible, this is a crowd pleaser and a great example of a Bordeaux value wine. 88 Points

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