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Gracia History, Overview
Gracia is the true, original Garage wine! It is produced inside the picturesque village of St. Emilion in a small space, located on a tiny back alley that is next to a working garage.
The small, stone building is not marked. There are no signs. If you know where it is, you can recognize it best by its old, faded, red, wood door.
The estate is owned by Michel Gracia. Michel Gracia is an interesting man, who knows everyone and everything about Saint Emilion. In part, that is because he is also a contractor and stone mason that has worked for many of the top estates including Chateau Cheval Blanc, Petrus and several other well known properties in the region.
Thanks to prodding by Jean Luc Thunevin of Valandraud and Alain Vauthier of Chateau Ausone, Michel Gracia founded his winery in 1994, when he purchased a small, 1.5 hectare parcel of vines in great terroir that is located close to Chateau Troplong Mondot. The difficult 1997 marked the debut vintage for Gracia.
The following vintage, 1998 began to show the potential for his vineyard. In 2001 Michel Gracia added another 1.3 hectares of vines to his holdings. The new parcels are situated not too far from Chateau Angelus. In 2005, Gracia added another .3 hectares of vines.
Gracia Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The terroir is clay and limestone soils. The vines are old, averaging close to 40 years of age. This Right Bank, Bordeaux vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare. Although there are parts of the vineyard planted to a vine density of 10,000 plants per hectare, which is extremely high for St. Emilion.
The amount of effort required to produce this small wine is extensive. Chateau Gracia sees a 28 to 30-day maceration period. Vinification takes place in a combination of small, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and Taransaud oak tanks.
Yields are always low here. On average, they are often only 25 hectoliters per hectare and at times, they are even lower! Which explains the levels of concentration and the low quantity of wine available.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels. The wine of Chateau Gracia is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. As you can expect, not much wine is made as on average, there is close to 350 cases of wine produced here per vintage.
When to Drink Gracia, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Gracia is better with at least 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Gracia is best enjoyed in the first 7-22 years of life.
Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Gracia with Wine and Food Pairings
Gracia is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift
Gracia is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Gracia is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Michel Gracia also produces Les Angelots de Gracia. Les Angelots de Gracia is not a second wine, it’s a unique Saint Emilion wine produced from its own fruit sources. The wine of Les Angelots de Gracia experiences the same care and technique required to make Gracia.
Gracia Wine Tasting Notes
23 Vintages 68,592 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Concentrated and fresh with lift as well as volume, the wine reveals crushed rock, licorice and flowers. This wine is refined and mineral-driven and delivers a lusciously textured finish but it is going to take some aging to be at its best. Made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it reached 14% alcohol. 94-96 Pts
1,823 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Espresso, flowers, black cherry and licorice form the perfume. The wine is dripping with opulence and packed with mocha, cocoa, black cherry and plum. Polished in nature, the texture is truly fine this year. The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. 93-95 Pts
1,892 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The wine is dark in color and so is the fruit. The freshness is there, along with minerality. Round and with layers of depth, you also discover dark red fruits, licorice, espresso and cocoa in the finish. But it is going to be almost impossible to find. Due to the frost, less than 100 case of wine were produced this year. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
2,012 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Deep and nearly inky in color, you’ll find so much sweetness in the fat, juicy, velvety fruits, silky-soft tannins and decadent textures. This is a wine to taste. There is less oak and more focus on the purity, elegance and balance.
2,787 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Espresso, spice, smoked fruits and licorice, dominate the wine. Clearly, this is luxurious, abundant and dense, but the modern style with its oaky character will not work for everyone.
1,522 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is even more opulent than usual. Fresh, round, long and deep with fleshy blackberries, licorice and plums, this is a graceful goddess of a wine that plays on the palate in the most pleasing of ways. The harvest took place from October 10 to October 19 and the wine will be aged in 100% new, French oak barrels.
3,300 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fat, lush, juicy and fresh with polished, sweet, ripe fruits, length and freshness, this is the best vintage of Angelots de Gracia I've ever tasted. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
2,643 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is deep in color with espresso, black cherry and plum, replete with silky tannins and a brilliant freshness. 92-94 Pts
2,311 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2014||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Deep garnet in color with freshness of fruit and layered with licorice and chocolate covered cherries, this wine is plush in texture with a long, creamy finish. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 90-91 Pts.
1,730 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With licorice, coffee bean and smoky plums, this deep-colored, fleshy wine is soft and approachable, leaving you with lingering, sweet, dark cherries. From a blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon , the wine reached 14% alcohol. With low yields of 15 hectoliter per hectare, only 300 cases were produced this year. 92-94 Pts
1,738 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Sandalwood, licorice, blackberry and cocoa notes, fleshy, sweet, ripe, sof textured, blackberries with cocoa are found in the finish. 91-93 Pts
3,357 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2012||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Incense, coffee and blackberry notes open to spicy, dark berries and a saline, dark chocolate and blackberry, round finish. 88-90 Pts
1,700 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in 100% new oak. Chocolate, licorice, black cherry and truffle scents, lush textures and a polished black cherry, raspberry and chocolate-filled finish are found in this wine. 91-93 Pts
2,442 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2011||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With oak, truffle, smoke and dark berry scents, this ripe, jammy wine ends with coffee and sweet blackberries. 90-91 Pts
2,605 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Gracia 80 % Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc came in at 15% alcohol. Oak, spicy berry, licorice and chocolate covered blackberry nose. Round texture, full bodied and concentrated with a long dark cherry, fennel and jammy blackberry finish. 91-93
5,525 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2010||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
2010 Les Angelots Gracia 80 % Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc combined to produce a wine that 14.5% alcohol. The nose offers a perfume of oak, licorice, plums and jammy blackberries. Supple in texture, the round, ripe wine finishes with anise and sweet blackberry jam. 90-92 Pts
3,005 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Rich, supple, concentrated, youthful and packed with black licorice, black cherry liqueur, wet earth, flowers and just a hint of blueberry. Another 3-5 years and this hedonistic beauty will be even better! The wine was made from a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
2,773 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2016
|2008||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
08 Gracia starts off with a spicy, licorice infused, blackberry liquor nose that is made even better by the large dose of chocolate covered black fruit in the mouth. A rich, opulent, full bodied style of wine for buyers seeking a lot of pleasure. The last of the garage wines? Gracia is probably the only wine that was, and still is, made in an actual garage in the heart of St. Emilion. 92-95 Pts
3,707 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2009
|2008||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Full bodied, concentrated and showing a strong minerality edge to the dark red berries and black frit. Here, you also find espresso, licorice and chocolate accents. This is round, fresh, richly textured and drinking fine today. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
1,958 Views Tasted Jan 2, 2018
|2005||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Still youthful, but showing well, the wine serves up a nose of licorice, fresh black cherries, plum and earthy notes. Smooth, round and plush, there is a nice polish the rich layers of the sweet, ripe, fruits. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
4,014 Views Tasted Dec 17, 2014
|2005||Les Angelots de Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Not much of this wine is made, so it was a nice surprise to find it on the table. Fully mature, medium bodied, soft, lush and round. The wine easily keeps you focused on its dark cherry, licorice, thyme, espresso, mocha and plummy personality.
1,948 Views Tasted Nov 7, 2016
|2000||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers licorice, stone, blackberry, coffee, smoke and black cherry aromas. Full bodied, rich and round in texture, aged in 100% new oak, this plum filled St. Emilion is drinking well today.
2,492 Views Tasted Mar 18, 2012
|1998||Gracia (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Elegant, sophisticated and opulent with good concentration. Lots of ripe chocolate covered blackberries, plums and spice. Gracia, made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, produced a whopping 400 cases of wine. Gracia is truly a garage wine. While that term has fallen from favor, the wine is still produced in a garage in the heart of St. Emilion! I think the wine is better enjoyed on the young side and should be opened sooner rather than later.
4,222 Views Tasted Oct 12, 2011
Licorice, black cherry and mocha are the predominant aromatics. Full bodied with a slight rusticity to the tannins, the wine ends with spicy, black raspberry flavors. However, a touch of green is noted in the finish. This was probably better a few years ago. If I had any remaining bottles, I'd rather drink it sooner than later.
3,556 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2010
The wine has no faults, but it lost the excitement and sexy, plush quality it previously sported. This was a better wine a few years ago.
3,530 Views Tasted May 29, 2008