This is delicious drinking. From the Graves sub-region of Bordeaux, this producer is considered one to watch.
Located near Portets in the northern part of Graves and close to the southern limit of Pessac-Leognan, you’ll find Château Crabitey. This former abbey sits on a hill of deep gravel from the Garonne River.
Since taking over from his father in 1999, Arnaud de Butler has invested considerably, addressing quality and sustainable practices in the vineyard and building a modern winery. The first vintages he produced were revelations, winning one award after another. It is now considered one of the flagship estates of the Graves appellation renaissance and has won multiple awards and accolades.
Building on the work that had already been achieved, he now concentrates on the quality of grapes. He focuses a key part of his attention on vineyard practices: ploughing, shoot-thinning, green harvesting and integrated farming. With the construction of a new winery in 2001 the estate went to another level again.
Region/Terroir: Graves. Deep Garonne gravel. 2ha white wine grapes.
Grapes: 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Sémillon.
Alcohol: 13% VOL
Winemaking techniques: Sustainable Agriculture and care of soil by ploughing. Pruning is by the Guillot double method, clearing of bud and branches and crown de-suckering. Removal of unwanted leaves by hand at the berry setting. Yield is 40Hl/hectare.
Ageing is 6 month in French oak barrels on lees with regular batonnage, 1/5th new oak.
Our tasting notes: This wine has a fine nose displaying great freshness and citrus aromas. The palate offers fine fruity, ripened-grape flavours, fine minerality, a rich and succulent, melting fullness, lingering aromas and, above all, wonderful freshness.
Reviews/Accolades: Silver medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Single bottles, multiple bottles or complete boxes (6 bottles) may be ordered.