The name "Gravas" comes from "graves", a gravelly soil that perfectly suits the production of Sauternes wines.
The estate is superbly located in Barsac between Château Coutet, Château Climens and Château Doisy-Daëne. The total production is 2,000 cases/year.
Winery Acreage: 19.8 acres (8 hectares)
Winery Production: 2000 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Sauvignon, Semillion, Muscadelle
Winemaker: Michel Bernard
There are 8 hectares (19.8 acres) of vineyard for the production of Sauternes. The soil is a mix of clay, sand and limestone. The 60 year-old vines are harvested by hand: the grapes are picked in successive passes. The wine is aged in both French and American oak barrels. There are 5 villages in Sauternes: Preignac, Barsac, Fargues, Bommes and Sauternes.
What makes Sauternes so unique, is the Ciron river, that runs in the middle of the AOC. The Ciron is responsible for the heavy morning fog that is quite essential to the development of the Botrytis, bringing some light humidity to the vineyards.