2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Château La Garde’s acquisition by Dourthe. In these unprecedented times, an impressive schedule of works is now underway.  Spanning more than 18 months, the project will culminate in a range of new, ambitious additions to further enhance this stunning property.

A new winery to accommodate the rich mosaic of soils

New equipment for our new winery, including truncated and inversed truncated vats, which is unusual in Bordeaux, to bring even greater precision to winemaking. Reducing the size of the vats to further refine our selective micro-parcel approach. The largest vat in the new winery will be the same in dimension as the smallest vat we have currently. Not forgetting energy efficient improvements, gravity-flow transfer to barrel, and partial ageing in amphora-shaped tanks.

 

A haven of conviviality, cherished by the Maison

Restorations to the exquisite 18th century charterhouse, to provide visitors with an unforgettable, intimate experience. New functional and flexible entertaining spaces in the aged buildings of the current winery, built in 1881 and 1882.The new reception has been designed specifically so we can share our passion for our surrounds with enthusiasts and wine professionals alike, and provide a magical experience immersed at the very heart of one of our oldest vineyards.

 

When we acquired Chåteau La Garde some 30 years ago now, we realised the vast potential of the terroir.  Over the years we have been devoted to revealing this potential, and promoting the unique diversity of the constituent vine parcels. Now it is time to invest in the necessary equipment to finetune our winemaking and gain even greater precision and harmony in our red and white wines. We are also keen to attract even greater numbers of wine enthusiasts to discover and savour this enchanting destination in Pessac-Leognan.”

Patrick Jestin, President Dourthe