Château La Garde

Château La Garde

This Pessac-Léognan property dates back to the 18th century, with viticulture practised here since the 19th, and from 1990 it has been under the control of highly respected négociants, Vignobles Dourthe.

Of the 53 hectares of vineyards, 50 are dedicated to red grapes: mostly merlot, on sandy clay, and cabernet sauvignon, which is planted with a little cabernet franc and petit verdot on deep gravel soils. There are also 3.6 hectares of sauvignon blanc and sauvignon gris grown on clay in a cooler section of the vineyard. All grapes are hand picked.

The white is both vinified and aged in barrels, whereas the red is fermented in stainless-steel tanks before being aged in oak for 12 to 14 months. The result is an impressively reliable modern claret with velvety concentration and dense, dark fruit flavours.

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