The vines of Chateau Prieure Les Tours surround the ancient chartreuse of the XVIIIth century. The wines are great value examples of the Graves appellations which is often overlooked by collectors and investors.
As you would expect from Graves, this wine shows a lot of savoury and mineral notes. Hints of black stones, meat, earth and undergrowth with whiffs of cherry and plums. The palate has lean acid, gritty tannins and more savoury characters. It is drinking well now but could use a few more years to come out of the classic Bordeaux dumb phase.
The home of the original Claret that the English feel in love with. Graves gets its name from the large amounts of gravel in the vineyard which gives a lighter, more aromatic style of Bordeaux. Although it is on the Left Bank it more often lines up with the Right Bank on vintage preferences. Graves is capable and often excels at making white wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. They are often barrel aged and live as long as any white in the world.
It is not easy following up the greatness that was 2005. 2006 was looking a good follow up until a cool and damp August cause some issues. The vintage is still a success and perfect for lovers of old fashioned Bordeaux.