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 Chateau 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 has 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.
Grapes: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alcohol: 14% VOL
Winemaking techniques: Green harvesting in early July. Harvest destemmed, cold maceration, fermentation in stainless steel vats. Fermentation temperatures between 25°C and 28°C, with maceration at 28°C for around 20 days. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, one-third are new. No filtering.
Our tasting notes: A purple/black deep-coloured wine that reveals a wonderful bouquet. Layered dense fruit, with red fruits and some chocolate notes. This has powerful fruit and fine tannins. Excellent quality for the price.
Gold medal – Concours Général Agricole – Paris 2015 Silver medal – Vinalies Internationales 2015
Premiere prix – Trophy des Grands Crus de Graves 2015 Silver medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Silver medal – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 1* – Guide Hachette des Vins 2016