Racines de la Terre
2009 Graves de Vayres Bordeaux
Roots of the Earth
Today’s 2009 Graves de Vayres is a really exceptional Bordeaux blend… from Bordeaux! At this price, the wine was just too good to pass up. If you are looking for a great daily-drinker or an easy wine to serve with a wide variety of foods, look no further.
This is a delicious and intriguing wine with dark fruits on the nose and palate. This well-structured blend will appeal to any Cabernet fan, but balanced and bright acids make this a better food companion than a Classic Cabernet Sauvignon.
Graves de Vayres is an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the Bordeaux region of France. It comprises 1,700 acres that span the Vayres and Arveyres communes. The region is located within the Entre-Deux-Mers subregion of Bordeaux.
Ruby red with even concentration of color. At the core, the wine is slightly darker but still clear. At the edge of the wine a fine ring of bright garnet picks up the light.
Lush and very balanced with a wonderful mix of fruit and forest. Deep, dark blackberry and blueberry take the lead, followed by black cherry, dark plum and dark raspberry. Woodsy notes of dried leaves, subtle dried mushroom and dried tobacco leaf round out the nose.
The palate mirrors the nose very closely. Firm tannins grip the palate while driving flavors to the far corners. A mouthwatering acidity also helps to support the fruit and earthen flavors. Black plum and black cherry are especially present, up front, while cassis and dried blueberry follow.
Grippy and firm, drawing flavors to the corners of the mouth and coating with dark fruit, then gradually giving way to chalky minerals and dried leaves.
Pair with a grilled steak, stewed lamb, ratatouille, or a pasta with a heavy vegetable ragu.
What the Winery Says
The 2009 Racine de la Terre Bordeaux is handcrafted with 100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from Château Goudichaud, located in Grave de Vayres, famous for its gravel soils that are perfectly suited for Merlot and Cabernet. Critics herald 2009 as a sensational vintage for Bordeaux and that certainly applies to this wine with its notes of red plum, red berries and cedar box, leading to a long finish with supple and velvet like tannins. Perfect with grilled red meats, roasts, cheese, and chocolate.
Vineyard Notes The soils of Château Goudichaud display great diversity from one side of the estate to the other. The vineyard can be divided into three parts: a central plateau which is composed of clay and limestone, the gravel is about three feet deep; then on each side of this plateau, gravely slopes enjoy optimal exposure. This gravelly soils, common to the Graves de Vayres, are clayey, deep and generous. Graves de Vayres AOC is considered to give more consistent quality of both red and white than other parts of Entre-deux-mers.
The vines are trained so as to obtain an over maturity of the grapes which will emphasize the fruit and the roundness. Consequently, the grape harvest is done as late as possible, according to the climate and the state of the grapes. The berries are then sorted and taken to the vats. The vinification is controlled through juice and pomace temperature. A daily tasting allows for modification.
- Yves Glotin
- Grave de Vayres AOC, Bordeaux
- 100% Estate Grown
- Fruit Variety
- Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
About the Winery
Racine de la Terre is produced with 100% estate grown fruit from just outside the ancient walled city of Carcassone in the South of France. The wines are well balanced, with only a touch of French oak. Possessing great structure, delicate fruit aromas, and a long finish, Racines de la Terre is perfect for your next culinary journey.
Winemaker Yves Glotin
The grandson of Henriette Glotin of Chateau Goudichaud winery, Yves makes wine in the same spirit of respect for tradition and development.