2005 Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

2005 Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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2005 Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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Description

Sweet, ripe with a minty nose. Fragrant, despite intense oaky spice. Delicious balance of ripeness and fresheness. Glides across the palate and goes on and on.
Pessac & Graves Panel Tasting- Highly Recommended 4/5 Stars- Decanter Dec 08
Chateau La Garde is made from virtually equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and it has a rich and spicy textbook Graves nose with a warm coating of soft vanilla. This is a classic, dry, minerally claret, ideal with grilled lamb chops or rib-eye steak. There is great opulence from the 2005 vintage, but held in check by significant, ripe tannins. A brilliant claret, from an estate on the up, and a bargain even at this price.

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Wine Advocate87/100
A delicious, deep plum/purple-colored wine, this 2005 exhibits loads of blackcurrant fruit, some loamy, earthy notes, medium to full body, and a rich, savory mouthfeel. It should drink well for at least another 5-6 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 29/06/2015 Read more

About this WINE

Chateau la Garde

Chateau la Garde

Château La Garde is a rising star of the Pessac-Léognan wine appellation owned by the dynamic Bordeaux negociant company Dourthe-Kressman. It is a medium-sized property with 47 hectares of vineyards in, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Cabernet-dominated red wines are soft, well structured and packed with smooth, ripe fruit which makes them very attractive young, though they also possess good medium-term cellaring potential. The red wines display the true Graves minerality underneath an exuberant cassis-and-plums aroma.

Albeit predominantly a red wine vineyard, it does have at its heart a small patch of land which is more suited to the production of white wine, from which a mere 1,000 cases of exquisitely-scented, vibrant white Bordeaux is produced each year.

What is unique to La Garde is the presence in the vineyard of a parcel of rare Sauvignon Gris, a close cousin of the Sauvignon Blanc but a varietal which yields a slightly richer, rounder character to the finished blend. 50% of the wine comes from this grape and the touch of complexity it imparts lifts this wine above most of its competitors.

The investment made by Dourthe in both vineyard and cellar is now beginning to bear fruit, both figuratively and literally, in the form of exceptional wines of both colours, and any re-assessment of the Pessac-Léognan classification would surely see La Garde feature amongst the Classified Growths.

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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