Pierre Graffeuille is the director of second growth Château Léoville-Las-Cases in Saint-Julien and Clos du Marquis. Having graduated from the university of Bordeaux with a degree in oenology, Graffeuille went on to Australia, New Zealand, Burgundy, and the Rhône to hone his skills before returning to Bordeaux.
This unusual and completely unique wine is a very special project, made with a combination of fruit from two wildly different geographic locations in France: Cabernet Sauvignon from slopes of deep gravel in the Graves du Médoc between Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and St Estéphe with Grenache and Syrah from the pebbly, clay limestone soils of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas.
2016 Odyssee Vin de France – $79.95 per bottle – 93 Points James Suckling.
Pierre Graf’s blend of Médoc and Rhône material is a thing of beauty. This has a riot of ripe red and purple-berry aromas with a wealth of fragrant, floral and cocoa-powder notes. There’s a smooth and succulent feel to the gently grainy palate that holds super fresh and seamless into the juicy finish. Polished and delicious blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon from North Medoc, 23% Grenache and Syrah from the Rhône Valley.
93 Points Jane Anson Decanter Magazine
A powerful mix of Cabernet, Grenache and Syrah that suggests Gigondas power with a more structured tannic backbone. It comes from a mix of two terroirs – Médoc gravels and Rhône granite and loam – which translates on the palate to the Cabernet giving clear tannic structure and dark cassis fruits that melt into the richer blackberry and raspberry fruits of the southern Rhône varieties. Concentrated yet welcoming, highly enjoyable, with tight spices. Blend is completed with 9% Mourvèdre, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot.