Named so for the gravelly base of soil common in the area, Graves is diverse in the wines it creates. Think red,
white and sweet. The best reds of Graves are in "Pessac-Léognan, in the north, including the famed and lauded Chateau
Haut Brion. There, and in the central area of Graves, come some deliciously dry white wine, while towards the south,
you find the sweet wine of "Sauternes & Barsac.
While Graves is most certainly known for its high-quality appellations of Pessac-Léognan and the sweet regions
of the south, it also produces dome delicious wine outside of these regions, particularly in the dry white category.
The two white grapes, Sauvignon Blancand Semillon, are the primary components of Graves'
white wines. Many of the dry,
crisp style white wines contain more Sauvignon Blanc, with a higher percentage of Semillon in the fuller bodied wines
of the area. Not to mention the effect Semillon can bring to the sweet wines of Bordeaux.