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Château La Garde rouge 2015, Pessac-Léognan

ABV: 13.00%
Region: Bordeaux
Country: France
Producer: Dourthe Vineyards

Château La Garde is a powerful, well-structured wine with a rich, well-balanced character. A selective approach in the vineyard and winery brings laser-precision and elegance to rival the finest wines.

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Description

One of the finest terroir in Pessac-Léognan. The origins of the Château date back to 1732, when the picturesque Charterhouse was built on land surrounded by valleys and woods. The “Bourdieu de Lagarde” remained in the Blanchard family, until its purchase by the Lacoste family in 1877. It was at this point that the vine began to leave its mark on this magnificent stony terroir.
The reds, with their well-balanced, silky and elegant character are typical of great Pessac-Léognan wines. La Garde produces wines whose attractive ripe fruits and integrated tannins are of immediate appeal, but whose depth and complexity reveal great power. The white, made predominantly from Sauvignon Blanc, is characterised by its freshness, purity and aromatic intensity. Subtle oaky notes provide a gentle reminder of the structure of this wine.
The 2021 vintage saw the inauguration of new winemaking facilities at Château La Garde. Adapted specifically to handle the unique mosaic of soils, the winery is instrumental in creating a Pessac-Leognan grand vin: elegant, pure and highly distinctive.

Grape

52% Cabernet-sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit verdot

Vineyard & Vinification Note

HVE3 and Terra Vitis certified (High environmental value certificates)

Château La Garde was one of the first properties to introduce integrated viticulture, an approach that produces premium quality grapes with total respect for the environment and for mankind. Studies carried out on the estate have analysed the correlation between grape ripening and the quality of the soil and subsoil, particularly in relation to its water retention capacity.

 

This has resulted in a highly detailed mapping of the vineyard, identifying individual rows or micro-plots within each parcel which reach full ripeness at the same rate. As a result of trials previously undertaken on test plots, coupled with our in-depth knowledge of the vineyard, our teams can now tailor and fine-tune viticultural practices in each zone accordingly. Carefully considered soil management techniques – tailored ploughing methods and green fertilizer – and an environmentally conscious approach to protecting the vineyard (reducing inputs, sexual confusion to combat pests, machine weeding, manual canopy management and yield control) promote harmony in the vine.

These painstaking, rigorous techniques play an important role in controlling yields and plant vigour and result in optimised grape ripeness. Severe pruning for example promotes even budburst, while bud stripping, secondary shoot removal, desuckering and leaf stripping improve the circulation of air around the grapes and guarantee healthy fruit. The grapes are harvested selectively on a row-by-row basis, and with meticulous care, ensuring that only perfectly ripe grapes of uniform ripeness enter the tanks.

Pre-fermentation cold maceration.

Alcoholic fermentation, with very few manipulations (pumping-over, pigeage). Malolactic fermentation partially in barrels. Ageing in barrels takes place in an arched underground cellar with air-conditioning for 12-14 months. Cooperage savoir-faire and oak selection are combined when choosing the barrels so that they are best suited to the characteristics and style of Château La Garde wines

Tasting Note

“Deeply intense, almost black and purple-tinged appearance, offering a complex, intense nose exuding roasted, smoky notes. Supple on the attack, the wine rapidly develops generous mouthful defined by lovely, expressive fruit, concentration and depth, underscored by delicate tannic structure; very smooth, despite the intensity. The appealing harmony is echoed in the long, flavoursome finish.” Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director

James Suckling

Violet, dark-berry and stone aromas follow through to a medium to full body. Linear and very fine. Tight and fresh. Precise and beautiful. A serious young red. Drink in 2022. 93 Points, February 2018

Wine Spectator

Solid, with a youthfully tight core of juicy blackberry and black currant paste flavors, wrapped with brambly grip and backed by twinges of tar and anise on the finish. Needs a touch of cellaring to unwind fully. Best from 2020 through 2030. 15,750 cases made. 91 Points, James Molesworth, March 2018

Food Pairing

Very good match with game, red and white meat, cheese.

Additional information

Weight 750 oz
Region

Bordeaux

Producer

Dourthe Vineyards

Colour

Red

Country

France

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style

Eco Friendly, Still wines

Vintage

2015

Volume

750ml

Sub Region

Pessac-Léognan

ABV%

13.00%

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