2023 Château la Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

2023 Château la Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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2023 Château la Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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Reflective green gold, fragrant white flower aromatics, this has lime zest and lift, widening to preserved citrus through the mid palate, fresh acidities and salinity on the finish, good stuff.

Drink 2024 - 2030

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Jane Anson92/100

Reflective green gold, fragrant white flower aromatics, this has lime zest and lift, widening to preserved citrus through the mid palate, fresh acidities and salinity on the finish, good stuff.

Drink 2024 - 2030

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous90-92/100

The 2023 La Garde Blanc has a very pretty and generous bouquet with apple blossom, freshly sliced pear and subtle tropical notes that remain in the background, all nicely delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine concentration, well-integrated oak and hints of white peach and kaki fruit on the finish. Delicious!

Drink 2027 - 2035

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous91-93/100

The 2023 La Garde Blanc is gorgeous. Sauvignon Blanc on limestone drives this sculpted dry white. Lemon confit, white pepper, apricot and tangerine peel build in the glass. Lees-stirring helps build texture to play off the wine's salivating acid profile.

Drink 2025 - 2033

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW89-91/100

The 2023 La Garde Blanc features bright, shiny scents of lemon drops, fresh pineapple, and green mango followed by hints of cedar and coriander seed. The light to medium-bodied palate has a crisp backbone and plenty of citrus and tropical fruit layers, finishing on a steely note.

Drink 2025 - 2027

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2024)

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Wine Advocate90-92/100

A blend of 91% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Sémillon, the 2023 La Garde Blanc offers up a lively, fresh bouquet of pear, white peach, spring flowers and lemongrass. Medium-bodied, round and incisive with an enveloping core of fruit, it's fresh and balanced, concluding with a mouthwatering, long finish.

Drink 2025 - 2035

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling93-94/100

I like the layered texture to this, with fruit and light phenolics, as well as bright acidity. Medium body. Lemon-rind and fresh-apple character at the end. Excellent finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (May 2024)

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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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Pessac-Leognan

Pessac-Leognan

In 1986 a new communal district was created within Graves, in Bordeaux,  based on the districts of Pessac and Léognan, the first of which lies within the suburbs of the city. Essentially this came about through pressure from Pessac-Léognan vignerons, who wished to disassociate themselves from growers with predominately sandy soils further south in Graves.

Pessac-Léognan has the best soils of the region, very similar to those of the Médoc, although the depth of gravel is more variable, and contains all the classed growths of the region. Some of its great names, including Ch. Haut-Brion, even sit serenely and resolutely in Bordeaux's southern urban sprawl.

The climate is milder than to the north of the city and the harvest can occur up to two weeks earlier. This gives the best wines a heady, rich and almost savoury character, laced with notes of tobacco, spice and leather. Further south, the soil is sandier with more clay, and the wines are lighter, fruity and suitable for earlier drinking.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Haut-Brion, Ch. la Mission Haut-Brion, Ch. Pape Clément, Ch Haut-Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier, Ch. Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Ch. Carmes Haut-Brion, Ch. La Garde, Villa Bel-Air.

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Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon

Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon

The blend used for White Graves and Sauternes and rarely encountered outside France. In the great dry whites of Graves, Sauvignon Blanc tends to predominate in the blend, although properties such as Smith Haut Lafite use 100% Sauvignon Blanc while others such as Laville Haut Brion have as much as 60% Sémillon in their final blends. Sauvignon Blanc wines can lose their freshness and fruit after a couple of years in bottle - if blended with Sémillon, then the latter bolsters the wine when the initial fruit from the Sauvignon fades. Ultimately Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine its aroma and raciness while Sémillon gives it backbone and longevity.

In Sauternes, Sémillon is dominant, with Sauvignon Blanc playing a supporting role - it is generally harvested about 10 days before Sémillon and the botrytis concentrates its sweetness and dampens Sauvignon Blanc`s naturally pungent aroma. It contributes acidity, zip and freshness to Sauternes and is an important component of the blend.

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