The 2014 Château Chanteloiseau Cuvée Jean Jules Graves possesses a delicate straw color, deep aromas of wild grasses, herbs and orchard fruits – peaches and apples – to delight the nose. In the mouth, the wine comes across as rich and textured from a preponderance of Semillon (60%), yet balanced with racy acidity thanks to a healthy dose of Sauvignon Blanc (40%). This stylish cuvee provides both a mouth-fulfilling glass of wine and a refreshingly dry finish. The 2014 Château Chanteloiseau Cuvée Jean Jules offers plenty of pleasure now, but it will almost certainly continue to take on depth and complexity with an additional year or two in bottle. We suggest a moderate chill (40° F) for optimal enjoyment.
The 2014 Château Chanteloiseau Cuvée Jean Jules Graves pairs well with all kinds of seafood, Asian stir fries and many foods that are normally difficult to pair with wine. Flaky white fish, sautéed scallops, grilled shrimp, crab legs, prawns and lobster all provide superb accompaniments to the Château Chanteloiseau Cuvée Jean Jules. Asian stir fries, Vietnamese noodles, fresh spring rolls, and lightly curried Thai dishes offer more superb pairings with this wine. Poultry, smoked meats, antipasti, and soft cow and goat’s milk cheeses make good companions to this Graves, too. Ripe Brie, Camembert and Comté cheese with slices of apple and pear offer an easy to prepare combination with the 2014 Château Chanteloiseau Cuvée Jean Jules. Enjoy!
Château Chanteloiseau (meaning Song of the Bird) is located near Mazères in the charming rural portion of southern Graves. The Latrille-Bonin family, proprietors of this château for several generations, are blessed with 48 hectares (118 acres) of the appellation’s deep gravel and clay soils that lend themselves to the name Graves.
Like many southern Graves estates, white wine remains the primary draw at Château Chanteloiseau, even though the property also fashions a fine red Graves. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, Graves’ two classic white varietals, predominate for the production of white wine. Cabernet and Merlot provide the source of the château’s red wine. Cuvée Jean Jules is Château Chanteloiseau’s special Cuvée and premier white Graves. Very little Château Chanteloiseau is exported to the United States, and Cuvée Jean Jules is making its first International Wine of the Month Club appearance.
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