Graves de Vayres

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Graves de Vayres, a small bordeaux district, named after the historic town of Vayres, which has nothing to do with graves but is just across the river dordogne from the town of Libourne. From a total of 312 ha/770 acres in 2013 of, not surprisingly, gravelly soil, with patches of sand, the appellation produces light red wines made substantially from merlot grapes, although many of them are sold under the simple bordeaux aoc. White wines are now usually dry, often based on Sémillon, occasionally given barrel maturation, and were produced from just 67 ha in 2013.