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Château La Garde rouge 2016, Pessac-Léognan-375ml

ABV: 14.00%
Region: Bordeaux
Country: France
Producer: Dourthe Vineyards

“What a great nose this has! The integration of black fruit and oak is spot on. Powerful, but with classical elegance, thanks to the polished tannins and the cool, mineral freshness that extends right through the long, refined finish. The best vintage ever from this chateau. Drink or hold.” 94 Points, James Suckling, January 2019

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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

Very deep, almost black appearance to La Garde 2016, with its intense and complex forest fruit bouquet of blackberries and rich, dark cherries, accompanied by spicy, smoky notes. Immediately generous, expressive fruit flavours define the wine on the rich and concentrated palate, which is underpinned by delicate tannic structure and lovely smoothness to the intensity. Impressive harmony pervades throughout and culminates in a long, elegant finish. Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director

James Suckling

What a great nose this has! The integration of black fruit and oak is spot on. Powerful, but with classical elegance, thanks to the polished tannins and the cool, mineral freshness that extends right through the long, refined finish. The best vintage ever from this chateau. Drink or hold. 94 Points, January 2019

Wine Spectator

Solid, with a fleshy feel to the dark plum and cassis fruit flavors that are inlaid liberally with warm tar, plum skin and roasted cedar notes. A touch muscular in feel but has enough acidity for balance in the end. Best from 2021 through 2029. 17,108 cases made.90 Points, James Molesworth, Web only 2019

 Wine Advocate

The 2016 La Garde, blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, offers dark berry fruit on the nose, hints of cedar and sandalwood, nicely poised and gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, rounded in the mouth with black tea-tinged dark berry fruit and a composed, harmonious and almost easygoing finish. This is a step up from the 2015. 88-90 Poitns, Neal Martin, April 2017

Jeb Dunnuck

Coming from the consulting team of Michel Rolland, the 2016 Château La Garde is a beauty from the Graves region that delivers classic notes of tobacco and leafy herbs, gravelly minerality, smoked earth, and assorted dark fruits. Deep ruby/purple-colored, medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a mouthfilling texture, I’d happily drink bottles over the coming 10-15 years. 90 Points, February 2019

Food Pairing

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

Additional information

Weight 375 oz
Vintage

2016

Region

Bordeaux

Producer

Dourthe Vineyards

Colour

Red

Country

France

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style

Eco Friendly, Still wines

Sub Region

Pessac-Léognan

Volume

375ml

ABV%

14.00%

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