2015 Château la Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

2015 Château la Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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2015 Château la Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

Description

Firm, creamy and confident expression of apricot flesh – a rush of sweetness hits the mid palate. A pretty, enjoyable, aperitif wine. 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Semillon.
Drink: 2017-2023
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Critics reviews

Jancis Robinson MW15.5/20
James Suckling92-93/100
Decanter88/100
Jancis Robinson MW15.5/20
Racy and solid. Drier finish than most of its peers but without great concentration. Solid effort rather than thrilling.
Drink 2017-2019
Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - Apr 2016 Read more
James Suckling92-93/100
Very dry and dense white with sliced pear and apple character as well as stones and chalk. Full body and persistent. From organically grown grapes.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com - Apr 2016
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Decanter88/100
Firm, creamy and confident expression of apricot flesh – a rush of sweetness hits the mid palate. A pretty, enjoyable, aperitif wine. 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Semillon.
Drink: 2017-2023
Jane Anson - decanter.com 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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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp  Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.

It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.

In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.

It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.

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