Message In A Bottle

What could be more down to earth than a bottle of wine, produced by the slow process of a vine taking root in the dry soil of some ancestral ground? Yet some wines have a very close and ancient relationship with the sea.

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Bordeaux is one such example as it has always traveled overseas to delight wine lovers worldwide, starting with the English who were the dominant power in Aquitaine for several centuries and successfully established themselves there as is testified by the names Brown, Smith, Lynch & Talbot, producers of some of the best vintages. Not to be outdone, Americans have been creating some of the best cellars in the New World since the days of Benjamin Franklin and especially Thomas Jefferson, who was a great wine lover and wine merchant before becoming a United States ambassador and then President.

Wine is therefore quite happy to take to the seas and is not afraid of water. There was even an era in which it was improved by travel. “India circuit wines”, which had undergone accelerated ageing on the round trip to Calcutta in the bottom of a ship’s hold, were much sought after in the nineteenth century.

Chantegrive: Graves wines with a Creole accent

There is no need to subject Château Chantegrive wines from the Lévèque family’s distinguished Graves estate to this kind of treatment. This estate produces a very smooth, mellow white wine, a quality full red wine and two particularly elegant dry white wines.

The most prestigious vintage, called Caroline, has summery, almost tropical flavors, in which vanilla, almond and sweet spices combine with the taste of yellow and exotic fruits and the fresher accents of lime blossom and mint. Large prawns, conch stew or simple grilled spiny lobster would be worthy of this great wine, which is much sought after by wine lovers on both sides of the Atlantic.

The other Château de Chantegrive white wine from the Graves region is lively and light with floral and white peach flavors and will bring out the taste of any dish containing seafood, or fish served either cooked or raw. Its fresh taste works wonderfully well with subtle dishes marinated as a ceviche in coconut milk or lime.

The more robust Château de Chantegrive red has full, rich black fruit flavors, but why not bring it down to earth a bit by drinking it with Creole style grilled fish, or chicken or conch with Colombo seasoning.

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