Monday, 22 September 2008

Chateau Trebiac Graves 2000

The Pretty Lady, her mother, and I paid a Sunday visit to Galvin for dinner about a week ago. I always enjoy my visits to Galvin - the food is exactly what I like, simple and well-executed, and the wine list is pretty interesting to peruse. I'll blog about our visit, and Galvin in general later (suffice to say that it ranks pretty high on my restaurant scoring scheme). Here, I want to say a little about the wine I chose.

The Pretty Lady and her mother don't really drink very much, so I ordered a glass of Chateau Trebiac Graves 2000. 2000 isn't really a great vintage for Bordeaux as far as I know, so I was a little curious to see it on the list. But what the heck - if you don't try, you don't know, so I ordered it.

Chateau Trebiac Graves 2000
Red wine
France (Graves, Bordeaux)

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Nosing: Oak, blueberries, pine, hints of soy sauce.
Mouthfeel: Velvety, slightly watery, quite light.
Tasting: Sweet, oaky, cherries, peach, bread, white pepper.

I found this wine slightly savoury, very fruity, and good with the type of food available at Galvin. On this visit, for me it was offal, richly spiced, salty and meaty. Lovely.

Chateau Trebiac is dates back to about 1868, where the property was donated to a community of Franciscan nuns. The nuns cleared some wood to plant grape vines, one thing led to another and here we are. There are about 25 hectares under cultivation. There's also a white wine made of 70% Semillion and 30% Sauvignon Blanc.