|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Sauv|
Very fleshy and supple in its usual style, it may not be massively complex but it makes up for it with an attractive fruit and in this vintage a particularly full, fine-tannined middle - a really nice texture and balanced length. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 89-90 L&S (May 2016)
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Very deep crimson. Lively and full of life. Perhaps not the densest but offers great fruit. GV Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2016)
Nose fairly closed, but well-knitted damson fruit, fresh fine tannins and good promise to age. An estate that now offers sure-fire value. 62% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Drinking range: 2021 - 2032 Rating: 89 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2016)
The 2015 La Garde did not quite have the complexity or nuance of some of its Pessac-Léognan peers, although there is plenty of blackberry and bilberry fruit to enjoy here. The palate is quite sweet on the entry, fleshy in the mouth with cedar-tinged black fruit, the finish easy going and perhaps needing a little more backbone. Drink over 4-6 years. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 La Garde is impressive and delicious. A dark, enveloping wine, the 2015 possesses notable depth and more than enough richness to stand up to the tannins. The combination of nuance and generosity makes La Garde an especially appealing Pessac-Léognan. Rating: 90-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
Very solid, with a bolt of graphite striding through, matched by dark plum, blackberry and anise notes. Shows excellent definition and integration already. Rating: 90—93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
Extremely dense and chewy with ripe tannins and chocolate. Full and flavorful. Loads of coffee and plum character. Fantastic young wine. From organically grown grapes. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)
Château La Garde
Château La Garde is a medium-sized property with 47 hectares of vineyards in Pessac-Léognan, 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. Bought by the dynamic Bordeaux merchant Dourthe in the 1980s, this gem of an estate displays the true Graves minerality underneath an exuberant cassis-and-plums aroma. After huge initial investment in the vineyard and cellar immense care is now lavished upon the wine itself, and any re-assessment of the Pessac-Léognan classification would surely see this wine elevated to Cru Classé status
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