The Graves appellation is on the left bank of the Gironde but is further south than Haut-Medoc. Chateau Haut Selve produces a 50/50 split between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon I think is a great blend that offers a well bodied wine with blackberries and spices all rolled in to one and this one does not disappoint. The tannins give a good lengthy finish and with lashings of vanilla and hints of red currents, I really like this wine. It’s pricier than some but well worth it.
Chateau la Garde situated in the appellation Pessac-Leognan just outside the town of Bordeaux supplies a blend of Merlot (60), Cabernet Sauvignon (35) and Cabernet Franc (5). Looks similar to the Chateau Haut Selve but has a much drier finish. Its complex wine that I would like to buy and see how it changes from one night to the next once opened. This way of tasting I don’t think did it justice. I could tell this wine has good structure with nice vanilla undertones.