Chateau La Grave Figeac Grand Cru - One of the Best Bargains from Saint Emilion and all the Saint Emilion in the store on SALE!!
“Friday 10th April 1663… Here we drank a sort of French wine, called Ho Bryan, that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with”.
Samuel Pepys - The first wine critic (February 1633 – May 1703)
Bordeaux has a long history of making great wines and although some feel that the top wines are way overpriced, the price is dictated by the simplest economic indictors in a free market economy- supply and demand!
But the great thing about Bordeaux is that there are still many hidden gems especially in Saint Emilion. The right bank was mostly excluded from the 1855 classification (the exceptions being the St Emilion first growths of Cheval Blanc and Ausone) and as a whole was not taken that seriously until the early 20th century. Saint Emilion is home to 5565 hectares of vines making it the largest major wine region in Bordeaux with more than 800 different growers and producers.
This little gem is a small vineyard located between Château Cheval Blanc and Château Figeac in Saint Emilion right on the border of Pomerol where they are across the street from Château L’Evangile. You know what they say about real estate, buy the most affordable house you can in the nicest neighborhood and if you are in Saint Emilion these are great neighbors to be surrounded by.
Chateau La Grave Figeac – One of the best bargans from Saint Emilion
2019 CHATEAU LA GRAVE FIGEAC GRAND CRU SAINT EMILION, FRANCE
Price: $65.00 Sale $47.50
(93+ points) The 2019 La Grave-Figeac sports a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant notions of warm black and red cherries, mulberries and stewed plums with hints of woodsmoke, baking spices and lavender. The medium-bodied palate has a fine backbone of grainy, approachable tannins and invigorating freshness supporting the tightly wound, mineral-laced fruit, finishing with a lively lift. Impressive showing! Wine Advocate
Check out the prices of their neighbors !
2019 Chateau L'Evangile Pomerol, France
Avg Price (ex-tax) $ 238 / 750ml
2019 Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion, France
Avg Price (ex-tax) $ 804 / 750ml
2019 Chateau Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France
Avg Price (ex-tax) $ 291 / 750ml
A confidential gem in Saint-Emilion, Château La Grave Figeac has it all: a dream location and a small surface area, an extremely racy character thanks to its blend, a family management and a certified organic culture for 10 years...
Indeed, the vineyards of La Grave Figeac cover barely 6.5 hectares, half of which is enclosed in the vineyard of the legendary Château Cheval Blanc - its address is «1, Cheval Blanc Ouest» - while the other two immediate neighbors are Château Figeac and Château L’Evangile. At the helm is the Clauzel family, owners of the estate for 30 years, now represented by Laurent and his wife Caroline.
Alongside the Merlot, the Cabernet Franc grapes are given pride of place (35%), to bring additional structure and finesse to the wines. These wines also benefit from the deep roots of the vines (45 years old), which give them as much sap as freshness. Finally, they shine with their singular fruit, both pure and vibrant. Not to mention a very attractive price positioning for a terroir of this level
A bit about the Right Bank of Bordeaux:
The Bordeaux region is one of the most important wine-producing regions in the world, it produces a third of the good quality wine French production. Bordeaux is 57 appellations, more than 9,000 wine-producing châteaux, and 13,000 wine growers. Bordeaux is near the Atlantic coast, in the south west of France. Wine has been grown in Bordeaux for two thousand years. Most probably vines grew there before the arrival of the Roman in 56 before J.C. The poet Ausonius wrote about it, a château still bare his name, the "Château Ausone".
At the beginning of the second millennium the region was under English domination. Hundred of boats loaded with barrels of "Claret" left for England. The "Claret" was a light red wine Englishmen loved, the word is still used to refer to Red Bordeaux. The large diversity of Bordeaux suggests an equal diversity of soil. The climate is generally temperate with a short winter and a high degree of humidity generated by the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean.
The celebrated regions of the right bank, Pomerol and St Emilion, have very little to do with the rest of Bordeaux. They lie well to the east of Bordeaux itself. Where the Médoc and Graves are characterized by gravelly soils, on the right bank the soil has more clay and limestone. Cabernet Sauvignon does not usually perform well here, and Merlot and Cabernet Franc are much more widely planted. A warmer drier climate than the maritime Médoc also benefits the region.
The right bank was mostly excluded from the 1855 classification (the exceptions being the St Emilion first growths of Cheval Blanc and Ausone) and as a whole was not taken that seriously until the early 20th century. Today, due to the garagist movement- the recent development on the Right Bank has been the production of wines from newly created but tiny estates. A policy of very low yields, ageing in new oak barrels, and the rarity value of the wines, has created a somewhat absurd demand for such exceedingly expensive wines as Le Pin (Pomerol) and Valandraud (St Emilion). Their quality is excellent, but they offer poor value, except for wine drinkers who must have 'cult' wines in their cellars at all costs. This is a reflection of the quality of the best wines and of the sensuous properties of the Merlot grape, which gives rounder, more opulent wines than the austere Cabernet Sauvignon. The St Emilion wines have been classified, but Pomerol still has no classification, although the best wines are internationally recognized.
Because the wine business has been so entrenched in their history and the entire economy of this region of France is based on what the English have coined the term “Claret”, they have a system of doing business like other wine producing region on the face of the earth. The best of the Bordeaulaise get paid for their product up to two years before it gets to the market. The top wines are sought out by collectors the world over years before they will come to rest in their cellars; and in some cases many years before they will actually be consumed. It is like the stock market, for wine junkies. Bordeaux Futures are a bet that the wine will be more valuable when it arrives than it was when it was actually purchased.
Everything from Saint Emilion in the store on SALE!!
2001 CHATEAU AUSONE SAINT EMILION
Price: $1200.00 Sale Price: $995.00 Quantity in Stock: 7
2000 CHATEAU AUSONE SAINT EMILION
Price: $1900.00 Sale Price: $1460.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1998 CHATEAU AUSONE SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU
Price: $1050.00 Sale Price: $855.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1993 CHATEAU L'ARROSEE, SAINT-EMILION
Price: $65.00 Sale Price: $50.00 Quantity in Stock: 2
2005 CHATEAU BARDE HAUT SAINT EMILION MAGNUM
Price: $175.00 Sale Price: $130.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
1982 CHATEAU BIGAROUX, SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU, FRANCE
Price: $105.00 Sale Price: $85.00 Quantity in Stock: 19
2011 CHATEAU BELAIR-MONANGE ST. EMILION
Price: $160.00 Your Price: $140.80 Quantity in Stock: 1
1982 CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC ST. EMILION, FRANCE
Price: $2400.00 Sale Price: $1795.00 Quantity in Stock: 11
1990 CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC ST. EMILION, FRANCE
Price: $2750.00 Sale Price: $2250.00 Quantity in Stock: 9
2003 CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC ST. EMILION, FRANCE
Price: $1080.00 Your Price: $950.40 Quantity in Stock: 6
2006 CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC ST. EMILION, FRANCE
Price: $950.00 Your Price: $836.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
2009 CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC, ST EMILION, FRANCE
Price: $1795.00 Your Price: $1579.60 Quantity in Stock: 3
2012 CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC, SAINT-EMILION, FRANCE
Price: $987.00 Your Price: $868.56 Quantity in Stock: 3
2016 CHATEAU DES LAURETS ST EMILION PUISSEGUIN
Price: $42.00 Your Price: $36.96 Quantity in Stock: 4
2000 CHATEAU LA CLUSIERE SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU
Price: $1600.00 Sale Price: $1275.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
2003 CHATEAU LARCIS DUCASSE SAINT EMILION BIG BOTTLE
Price: $1650.00 Sale Price: $1250.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
2015 FAIT MAIN TODESCHINI ASTERIA VINEYARDS SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU
Price: $235.00 Your Price: $206.80 Quantity in Stock: 7
1990 CHATEAU FIGEAC, SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU, FRANCE
Price: $495.00 Sale Price: $425.00 Quantity in Stock: 36
1981 CHATEAU FIGEAC, SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU, FRANCE
Price: $400.00 Sale Price: $315.00 Quantity in Stock: 34
2018 CHATEAU FLEUR CARDINALE SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU MAGNUM EDITION HARD ROCK
Price: $225.00 Your Price: $198.00 Quantity in Stock: 5
2015 CHATEAU FOMBRAUGE ST EMILION GRAND CRU CLASSE
Price: $67.50 Your Price: $59.40 Quantity in Stock: 16
2000 CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE ST. EMILION
Price: $580.00 Sale Price: $460.00 Quantity in Stock: 4
2009 LE DOME SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU
Price: $335.00 Your Price: $294.80 Quantity in Stock: 1
2002 ORIEL L'EXCEPTION SAINT-EMILION, FRANCE
Price: $145.00 Sale Price: $119.00 Quantity in Stock: 5
2010 CHATEAU PAVIE ST. EMILION
Price: $550.00 Your Price: $484.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
2003 CHATEAU PAVIE ST EMILION
Price: $450.00 Sale Price: $375.00 Quantity in Stock: 1
2017 CHATEAU PUY BLANQUET SAINT EMILION
Price: $35.00 Your Price: $30.80 Quantity in Stock: 13
2019 QUINAULT L'ENCLOS ST. EMILION
Price: $60.00 Your Price: $52.80 Quantity in Stock: 34
2005 CHATEAU SANCTUS SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU
Price: $98.00 Your Price: $86.24 Quantity in Stock: 4
2018 CHATEAU TROPLONG MONDOT SAINT EMILION
Price: $155.00 Your Price: $136.40 Quantity in Stock: 9