Château Mouras, Graves 2015
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Body / Style||Soft & Supple, Rich & Savoury|
|Grape Blend||50% Merlot , 25% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Bottle Size (ml)||750|
|Extra Info||Ripe, spicy Claret|
|Food Pairing Guide||This would be excellent with some lamb chops, or stuffed peppers|
Château Mouras, Graves is from one of Bordeaux's most famous appellations. It has lovely berry fruit aromas and a lovely smooth texture on the palate. Graves is characterised by a complexity and savouriness which we definitely find here. An excellent bottle of Claret with depth, ripe fruit and fine tannins.
Jean-Christophe has just six hectares of red grape varieties in the little communes of Portets, Illats et Landiras. Leaf thinning took place in July to ensure the fruit was fully exposed to the sunlight so that full ripening could take place. Jean-Christophe also carried out a green harvest before veraison to reduce yields and improve concentration.
2015 saw particularly healthy, uniform fruit at harvest. A generous flowering and hot, dry early summer was followed by a slightly cooler, damper August. Harvest was generally earlier than in 2014.
Jean-Christophe Barbe, Professor of Oenology at Bordeaux University, is mostly famous for his outstanding Sauternes (Decanter 2013 Sweet Bordeaux Trophy over £10), but also produces some stunning reds, albeit on a fairly small scale. The Château Mouras Graves comes from a six hectare property that lies in the Graves communes of Portets, Illats and Landiras. The Graves Supérieures is a sweet wine made from botrytised Semillon and is a superb alternative to Sauternes.