Why you'll love this wine?
Bordeaux might be the Swiss Army Knife of French wine regions and by this I mean there’s something for every occassion!? You’re able to get going in Bordeaux with modest means and this Château Tour de Calens Graves Rouge is a terrific example.
Don’t get me wrong… Bordeaux kicks ass if you're looking for some of the worlds best plonk, think Margaux, St-Emilion and Pomerol for starters, but Château Tour de Calens will put that Bordeaux goodness in your glass without the lightness in your pocket.
Whilst this might be an unpretentious modern claret for everyday drinking, don’t be mislead… it’s no wall flower. Sure, it’s smooth and mostly dominated by the Cabernet Sauvignon but this is serious, earthy, moody wine. Mellow and intriguing, it takes some time to get to know…
You’ll be glad you did. This subtle, dry wine reveals a lovely undercurrent of mellow red and black fruit, a touch of liquorice, and a little oak spice to warm the smile that we know it’ll put on your face.
Quite the antithesis of a ‘shouty’ new world wine, this is a grower, by the second glass it’ll have you in it’s grasp!
Best enjoyed with...
Chateau Tour de Calens Graves likes to accompany food and this is when it really comes alive. Being quite subtle and dry with a lot of tannin in the finish, it’s versatile but probably best with uncomplicated dishes. Absolutely incredible with cheese, I couldn’t think of anything better to go with a nice local soft cheese selection.
What are wine lovers like you saying...
“..another beautiful wine. very rich, pinneapple, tropical fruit, oak, leaf, pepper, spice.. has a potential for long ageing”
“Well balanced nice red Graves I drank at the small cozy restaurant in Osaka. It’s not a big red but I really enjoyed this with roasted Japanese beef. Black, fruity and lightly earthy. Blackberry, blueberry, dried spices, tobacco, hint of cacao and wet dead leaves on the nose. The body is in between medium and full. Well balanced and tender on the palate with humble acidity, moderated complexity and tannins. Nice balance of fruitiness and dryness. It’s enough… an enjoyable red with meat dishes.”
Who made this lovely wine..?
Château Tour de Calens
The Doublet family have been making wines on the nearby Chateau Vignol Estate since the late 1800’s. The Chateau is steeped in history and once belonged to the famous philosopher Baron de Montesquieu.
In 1987, in search of new flavours, they crossed the Garonne to invest in Beautiran in the Graves of the north. Château Tour de Calens was reborn.
South of Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Garonne, the Château and its tower command a 10 hectares vineyard anchored in soil and deep grey sands.
Alexander watches over the cru, faithful to the family philosophy creating elegant and fruity wines. Red Graves, chiseled by the finesse of the ripe Cabernet-Sauvignon (75% of the blend) offers both concentration and elegance.