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Chateau Petit Gravet Aine is owned by Catherine Papon Nouvelle. Catherine Popon Nouvelle also owns two neighboring St. Emilion vineyards, Clos St. Julien and Chateau Gaillard along with Chateau Peyrou in the Cotes de Castillon appellation.
Chateau Petit Gravet Aine Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 2.5-hectare Chateau Petit Gravet Aine vineyard is planted to 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. This is one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Franc in all of Bordeaux. The vineyard is situated close to Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere and not too far from the village of St. Emilion. The terroir consists of deep, sand and clay soils.
They have old vines. On average, the vines are 50 years of age. The owner and winemaker, Catherine Papon Nouvel, has converted her Bordeaux vineyard to organic farming techniques.
Today at Petit Gravet Aine, they use no pesticides, herbicides or systemic chemical treatments of any kind in their vineyards. All vineyard management is entirely self-sustaining.
The vineyard practices at Petit Gravet Aine include harvesting by hand and table sorting. The fruit sees an eight-day cold soak at 4 degrees Celsius. The must is fermented in small, stainless steel tanks. Microbullage under the cap is performed during fermentation.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in new, French oak barrels. The wine of Petit Gravet Aine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 18 months. Not much wine is made here. In fact, the average production is only about 650 cases of Bordeaux wine per vintage.
When to Drink Chateau Petit Gravet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Petit Gravet is better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Petit Gravet is best enjoyed in the first 5-20 years of life.
Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Petit Gravet Aine with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Petit Gravet Aine is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Petit Gravet Aine is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Petit Gravet Aine is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Petit-Gravet Wine Tasting Notes
12 Vintages 22,864 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Spicy, floral, lush, ripe and loaded with strata of rocks, stones, herbs and fruit. The wine has density, ripe tannins and a strong mineral essence that adds to the ripe, spicy red fruits. This is the best vintage of Petit Gravet Ainé ever produced. The wine was made from 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. 92-94 Pts
653 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2016||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fresh, spicy and flowery, medium/full bodied with tobacco and herbs, which shine over the plums on the nose and in the mouth, there is more ripeness and flesh here than usual.
1,906 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Using 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, this wine is deep in color, mineral driven with a rich, plush quality that you never see in Petit-Gravet. Full-bodied, concentrated and the ability to age. If you're a fan of Cabernet Franc, this is a wine you should make sure you taste.
2,322 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Softer and more approachable than usual, this wine is smooth, mineral driven, fresh and long with a core of ripe fruit. The wine was produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. 90-92 Pts
2,976 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With stone and cherry character, the wine has an intense sensation of minerality in the black cherry finish. Normally, this wine has a high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend, but this vintage is comprised of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Only 1,100 bottles were produced this year from a production that is usually closer to 8,000 bottles. 88-90 Pts
1,284 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2014
|2012||Château Petit-Gravet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With broken stone, herbs, plum, and floral and forest scents, this expressive wine is powerful and structured. A unique expression of St. Emilion. 88-90 Pts
1,583 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With a massive dose of 80% Cabernet Franc, blended with 20% Merlot, this wine was produced from 50 year-old vines and aged in 100% new oak. This is an interesting wine due to its high level of Cabernet Franc, showing stone, pepper, black raspberry and green leafy aromas with some dryness in the finish. It will need time to come together. 88-90 Pts
1,766 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Firm, structured, tannic, mineral driven, peppery and floral, with fresh red berries, ripe plum and spicy notes. This needs more time to develop and soften. Produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, this is one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc in all of Bordeaux.
3,956 Views Tasted Nov 5, 2014
|2009||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Due to large proportion of Cabernet Franc in the blend, this uniquely styled wine starts off with floral, fennel, licorice, and dark plum aromas. Medium/full bodied, with chalky tannins, the wine ends in mineral, leafy bright flavors.
2,035 Views Tasted May 7, 2012
|2008||Château Petit-Gravet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
08 Château Petit Gravet. Petit Gravet has, at 90%, the highest concentration of cabernet franc planted in St. Emilion. The remainder is merlot. Adjacent to Canon La Gaffeliere, it has 70 year old vines in deep sandy soils. This uniquely styled wine starts off with floral, fennel, licorice, and dark plum aromas. Medium/full bodied, the wine ends in mineral, leafy bright flavors. 88-91 Pts
1,413 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2009
|2005||Château Petit-Gravet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With a strong floral leaning, there is also loads of minerality and fresh, ripe, red and black plums here. Softly textured and elegant, this should age for another 15 years, or more.
1,480 Views Tasted Dec 13, 2017
|2001||Château Petit Gravet Ainé (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Firm, leafy and floral, with a pronounced, fresh, red fruit character. There is more going on aromatically, than on the firm, stony, red berry, medium bodied palate. I guess you might call this a Burgundy lovers Bordeaux.
1,490 Views Tasted Nov 16, 2016