|Grapes||Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
62% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 2%. Purple and dark, this is a lovely bright fleshy Graves with a powerful tight weave of fruit and fine tannin - excellent length to the fruit. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 La Garde has a lifted bouquet of violet-tinged red fruit, mint and light cedar scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and simple black fruit laced with tobacco, leading to a nicely defined if straitlaced finish that just needs 3–4 years in bottle. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Aug 2020)
Coming from the consulting team of Michel Rolland, the 2016 Château La Garde is a beauty from the Graves region that delivers classic notes of tobacco and leafy herbs, gravelly minerality, smoked earth, and assorted dark fruits. Deep ruby/purple-colored, medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a mouthfilling texture, I’d happily drink bottles over the coming 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 90 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
The 2016 La Garde, blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, offers dark berry fruit on the nose, hints of cedar and sandalwood, nicely poised and gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, rounded in the mouth with black tea-tinged dark berry fruit and a composed, harmonious and almost easygoing finish. This is a step up from the 2015. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
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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