January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines 0Comment

In many ways, Julie and Xavier Gonet-Médeville are the first couple of French wines. Both hail from storied winemaking families: Julie’s family is famous for its incomparable Chateau Gilette, and Xavier comes from a long line of Champagne growers in Le Mesnil. Leading a new generation of winemakers, they bring their family knowledge, methods, and passion to the many wines they now make together.

Julie’s father, Christian Médeville, brought Château Respide-Médeville, in the heart of the Graves region of Bordeaux, into the family estate in 1984. Today, his daughter and her husband coax great Graves Blanc and Rouge from the sandy, gravelly clay soil, allowing the purity of the fruit to shine through. The dry Graves Blanc is fermented in stainless steel, spending a short time in oak barrels for aging, and is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle. The Graves Rouge is a blend of approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

At Château Respide-Médeville, Julie and Xavier celebrate in their wines what makes the Graves their home: the gravel soils that define the terroir.

Martine’s Wines is the exclusive U.S. importer for Respide-Medeville with the following exceptions: DC, MD, VA, MA