La Grave is an under the radar property estate situated on the western side of the plateau of Pomerol. 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. The difference at Lagrave is that the vineyard is planted 100% to Merlot. The result in 2020 was a creamier style of wine, thanks to the warmer soils.
James Suckling 94-95
The 2020 La Grave exudes considerable depth to match its somber personality. Blueberry jam, kirsch, lavender, dried herbs, cloves, licorice, gravel and leather flesh out in the glass. Ripeness feels a bit pushed in the 2020, and yet all the elements are so nicely balanced. Even so, this is a pretty potent, unctuous style. [Antonio Galloni, 01/06/2021]
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2040