A lovely estate situated on the western side of the plateau of Pomerol, Château La Grave dates back to the 19th century, when it was owned by the Trigant de Boisset family. As its name indicates, the terroir of Château La Grave is almost pure gravel, marking the beginning of a mile-long gravelly strip that continues into Saint-Émilion, passing through Château Cheval Blanc before ending at Château Figeac. Acquired by Christian Moueix in 1971, Château La Grave was his first vineyard purchase. A great deal of attention was given to the renovation of the vineyard, château, and cellar in order to restore the wine’s place among the top wines of Pomerol. An elegant, delicate, charming wine, the gravelly soils of La Grave offer poise and linearity, while the ripe, red fruit and characteristic silky texture make the wine approachable and enjoyable, even in its youth.
The 2018 La Grave offers ripe black fruit mixed with fig and warm gravel scents on the nose, maybe missing a little focus and tension compared directly with some of J- Moueix’s other 2018s. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. Good fruit concentration here, nicely proportioned with touches of truffle and tobacco towards the finish. It does not have the structure to encourage long-term cellaring but it will drink well for 10 to 15 years. [90-92 Points, Neal Martin – September 2019, vinous.com]