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Château La Garde Rouge

AOC Pessac-Léognan

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Powerful and revealing intense colour, the red wines of Château La Garde Pessac-Léognan are well-structured and concentrated and ideal for ageing. Round, supple and alluring, they reflect the elegance and finesse of the terroir and today feature among the elite of the Pessac-Léognan appellation.

Vinification & Elevage

Pre-fermentation cold maceration. Alcoholic fermentation, with very few manipulations (pumping-over, pigeage). Malolactic fermentation partially in barrels.

Ageing in barrels takes place in an arched underground cellar with air-conditioning for 12-14 months. Cooperage savoir-faire and oak selection are combined when choosing the barrels so that they are best suited to the characteristics and style of Château La Garde wines.

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Le millésime

The year began with excellent climatic conditions – light, heat and dry weather. The very even flowering began a week earlier than the average start date recorded at La Garde. The Merlots planted on clay did not struggle with a spate of hot, dry weather of June and July. For the gravel soils, more sensitive to drought, we tilled the soil lightly to break up the cracks and channels where water was evaporating in order to preserve the moisture in the subsoil and to remove any competition with the cover plants. The vineyard was in excellent health and the rainy periods not excessively heavy, at the end of July and beginning of August, kick-started veraison which had been slowed by the high temperatures of previous weeks. With the chilly nights and warm days, conditions in August were ideal for the development of fine tannins and anthocyans in the red grape varieties. Harvesting stretched calmly over 3 weeks giving high quality Merlots cultivated onclay and stunning Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot on deep gravel. 

Note de dégustation

Deeply intense, almost black and purple-tinged appearance, offering a complex, intense nose exuding roasted, smoky notes. Supple on the attack, the wine rapidly develops generous mouthful defined by lovely, expressive fruit, concentration and depth, underscored by delicate tannic structure; very smooth, despite the intensity. The appealing harmony is echoed in the long, flavoursome finish.

Assemblage

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

Récompenses et médailles

Le Monde

Un vin qui s'exprime avec classe dans la verticalté : il n'englobe pas toute la bouche mais semble s'élever et traverser le palais comme une liane. Surtout, voilà un bordeaux de foire aux vins qui n'est pas noyé par le boisé de l'élevage, et cela fait plaisir.

Les Echos Week-End

Ce château, situé dans l'appellation la plus proche de la ville de Bordeaux, pessac, reste encore peu connu. Pourtant, depuis sa reprise par les vignobles Dourthe en 1990, il ne cesse de nous donner des vins équilibrés avec une régularité de métronome. Le vin ne surjoue par sa partition. Il est fin avec beaucoup de charme. Sa discrétion est sa qualité première. C'est pour cette raison qu'il faut le découvrir.

Paris Match
- 16-17/20

Svelte, droit, assez long. Ample, avec un excellent support tannique, un fruit bien mûr et, surtout, une texture digne d'un beau cru classé avec l'allonge qui convient. Remarquablement réussi et d'un rapport qualité-prix exemplaire.

Le millésime

After a promising start to the year, a dull, gloomy summer meant ripening got off to a slow start.  Any worries were lifted towards the end of August with the arrival of exceptional, lasting weather conditions.

While the quality of the vintage owes a great deal to the excellent late-season, a vintage of this quality would not be possible without considerable work in the vineyards earlier in the season to ensure pristine quality in the vines and stunning fruit. Hard work and a magnificent Indian summer ensured lovely consistent quality in the Merlot cultivated on clay, which attained full ripeness not long before the stunning Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, on deep gravel. Given the high quality potential of the reds, macerations tended to be longer than usual. The wines are ripe, concentrated and aromatic, with robust, lingering tannins.

Note de dégustation

Concentrated, deep ruby in appearance. The nose is intense and fresh, releasing a hint of smokiness typical of Pessac-Leognan.  The fullness on the palate develops within a concentrated tannic structure. Toasty notes reflect perfectly integrated oak character while the palate culminates in an intense finish. A beautifully balanced wine which pays tribute to the suberb terroir at Chateau la Garde.

Assemblage

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

Récompenses et médailles

Guide Hubert
- 16/20

Nez intense et raffiné, le fruit est parfaitement mûr, les notes poivrées, minérales et truffées superbes, bouche flatteuse, ample, avec une chair fondante, des tannins mûrs, des arômes persistants et une bonne finale vive. Du caractère et du potentiel. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 91/100

This is a fine wood-aged blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Petit Verdot. It is darkly colored, dense and with great ripe tannins. (...) This estate occupies a fine, gravel outcrop in the Pessac-Léognan region, just south of Bordeaux.

En Magnum

Super Bon Plan. Propriété très bien située sur des graves bien drainées. La Garde est l'objet de toutes les attentions de la part de son propriétaire. Le vin rouge (comme le blanc) est très réussi.

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

Warm, mellow and a little balsamic, but there’s a lot of richness and some serious tannins in here. The finish packs quite a punch. Tangy and spicy. Love it now, but this will age beautifully.

Terre de Vins

Beaucoup de caractère: nez très mûr, fruit intense, épices, cuir et cacao, bouche savoureuse, ample et élégante avec une belle trame serrée, de la vigueur et du potentiel.

La Revue du Vin de France

Tannique et structuré, ce rouge garde de la fraîcheur et d'agréables notes fumées en fin de bouche. Son boisé est équilibré et peu appuyé. Il apportera beaucoup de plaisir.

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)

Un beau vin dense et plein dans un style moderne, belle maturité du raisin, du fond. 3-8 ans.

Schweizerische Weinzeitung
- 17/20

Dunkles, herbes, komplexes Bouquet, schwarze Beeren, Korinthen, Tabak, Zedern, Laktrize. Ausgewogener, mittelkrâftiger, fein cremiger Gaumen, süsse Frucht, feines Tanin, krâftige Aromatik, fein muskulöser Abgang mit guten Rückaromen.

Vinum
- 15,5/20

Konzentriert, recht komplex, mit hohem Fruchtgehalt, nur im Finale noch etwas eng und aufgeraut. Besser etwas reifen lassen.

Matthewjukes.com
- 16,5+/20

With nice crisp, mouth-watering tannins and a fairly intense palate, this is a bold, decisive La Garde with a stunning core of blackberry juiciness. It will need a little time for the tannins to soften but this is a smart wine with layers of complexity and freshness.

LE PAN

An elegant, medium-bodied La Garde with layers of dark fruits, savory herbs and spices. Well made in this vintage with potential to age and evolve over the next 5 to 7 years.

 

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16.5/20

Dark purplish crimson. Rather luscious fruit with energy. Good balance. Not heavy but with the oak and young fruit well synchronised.

timatkin.com
- 90/100
Terre de Vins

Nez très gourmand de fruits rouges, très intense, on est bel et bien à Pessac. Grosse cerise noire en bouche, beaucoup de volupté. Chateaubriand en boirait. 

 

Jamessuckling.com
- 89 - 90/100

Aromas of dark berries and blackcurrants. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy finish.

Le millésime

Vine vigour and water supplies in the different plots were successfully kept under control through rigorous ploughing, and frequent, targeted canopy management to optimise ripeness levels. Adopting a sustainable approach for many years and a profound understanding of the estate’s different terroirs, have made it possible to confront challenges in the vineyard throughout the season - including rain and exceptionally low temperatures during flowering and storms and hail in summer – and to achieve a good harvest despite a difficult vintage. Harvest selection was severe in the reds, both in the vineyard and winery, and we had to field a larger team of manual sorters.

Note de dégustation

Deep, dark in appearance and tinged with crimson.  Enticing lusciously ripe, red fruit-laden aromas combine on the bouquet with spicy, even smoky notes, quite typical of this Pessac-leognan terroir. The lovely ripe fruit brings fleshy, well-balanced character on the palate, underpinned by powerful, rounded tannins, coated in generous richness and well-integrated oak. This harmonious wine culminates in a long, lasting finish.

Assemblage

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot

Récompenses et médailles

Jamessuckling.com
- 89/100

...A soft and silky red with plum and chocolate character, medium body and soft tannins. Fresh finish. Drink now...

Vinum
- 15/20

Gerfällig mit geschmeidigem Tannin und hübschem Barriquetouch. Wird rash Freude machen.

La Revue du Vin de France

Réussite : Tanins souples pour un vin de bon fruit, au boisé discret. A boire assez jeune sur la fraîcheur de son fruit.

Vinifera
- 3etoile(s)

88-90/100

Très belle réussite pour ce vin issu d'un sommet de croupe argilo-graveuleux à Martillac. La bouche est dense, serrée, pleine d'énergie et l'élevage devrait venir dompter cette belle matière première.

timatkin.com
- 90/100
Falstaff
- 87 - 89/100

Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, schwarzer Kern, violette Reflexe, einladendes Cassis, mit schwarzer Beerenfrucht unterlegt, mineralische Nuancen. Saftig, knackig, reife Kirschfrucht, gut integrierte Tannine, lebendiger Säurebogen, salziger Touch, ein frischer Speisenbegleiter mit Entwicklungspotenzial.

 

Jancis Robinson.com

Bright, ripe berry fruit and intense black liquorice and aniseed on the mid palate. Hale and hearty no ailments here.

Jamessuckling.com
- 88 - 89/100

Very good core of blackberry and mineral character on the nose and palate. Medium body. Juicy finish.

Decanter
- 16.25/20

Fine floral and cassis nose, good fleshy fruit with Graves earthy grip in the middle, good depth.

Le millésime

This vintage really kept us waiting! Fine weather in August and September fortuitously reduced the significant delay at the start of the summer, but still required drastic selection in both the reds and whites, resulting in a significant reduction in volumes at la Garde.

We delayed picking for as long as possible for the red grapes to reach optimum maturity, until October 5th. While unsettled weather at the start of harvesting fortunately did not affect the health of the vineyard, the Merlot and Cabernets had to be picked in rapid succession to avoid any risk.

Note de dégustation

Deep and concentrated in appearance. A seductive bouquet emitting aromas of ripe fruits, liquorice and a smoky character often found in the terroirs of Pessac-Leognan. On the palate, the power of the delicate, rounded tannins is accompanied by generous rich character and volume. The wine’s harmonious presence culminates in a long, well-balanced finish, with well-integrated oak character.

Assemblage

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot

Récompenses et médailles

Gault&Millau
- 16/20

Très beau nez de fruits rouges, d'épices. La bouche est fine, pure, droite aussi la tension nécessaire pour rendre l'ensemble aérien. Un vin délicat et fin.

Vinum
- 15,5/20

Würzig, mit Rasse und frische sowie der richtigen Herbe, macht Spass.

Erobertparker.com
- 87/100

An attractive nose of smoky blackcurrants and earth jump from the glass of this deep ruby/plum colored wine, owned by the famous Dourthe firm. The wine has supple tannins, excellent concentration, medium to full body and lots of spice.

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

Bright and clean with pretty berry and cherry character. Medium body and a firm-textured finish. Pretty wine. Drink and hold.

Wine Spectator
- 89/100

Solid and direct, with a graphite-edged core of plum, anise and blackberry coulis flavors, backed by a light juniper echo on the finish. Not big, but shows good focus and definition. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 90/100

... Solid layers of tannin partner with black currant fruit. This is structured, dark and very dry at the moment, although it will give a more rounded character as it ages ...

Wine Enthusiast
- 89 - 91/100

Barrel sample. Showing rich fruit, this is a juicy, red berry flavored wine. It's ripe and very fruity, its firm tannins well integrated into the full fruitiness. Likely to be for medium-term aging.

Weinwisser
- 17/20

Dunkles Granat, recht satt in der Mitte, rubiner Rand. Delikates Bouquet, feine, passende R&ouml,stnoten, reife, kleine Beeren und einen Hauch Kaffee vermittelnd. Saftiger Gaumen, gut stützende Säure, das gibt dem Weine eine fein pfeffrige Rasse, sch&ouml,ne Länge. 2017 - 2029

Jamessuckling.com
- 88 - 89/100

Juicy fruit to this wine with a blueberry and bramble berry character. Full body, with velvety tannins and a fresh finish

Asian Palate.com
- 88 - 89/100

Beautifully crafted supple red with velvety tannins and fairly long length. Good concentration for a Pessac Leognon red in this vintage. Balanced, fresh and delicious to enjoy near term.

Wine Advocate
- 86 - 88/100

A very good offering from Pessac-Leognan (an appellation that did very well in this vintage), the 2012 La Garde reveals tangy black cherry and black currant fruit in addition to hints of cedar wood and loamy soil. Medium-bodied, ripe and elegant, it can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.
Drink: 2013 - 2020

Decanter
- 16.5/20

Good Merlot-dominated crunchy fruit and fine earthy/elegant Graves.

Jean-Marc Quarin
- 14.75/20

Vin fruité, tendre et savoureux, au corps moyen, mais soyeux. Peu tannique. Agréable.

Le millésime

Planted predominantly on warm soils, the red grapes were affected by bouts of excess temperatures throughout the year. The combined effect of some shrivelling on 27th June, the vines shutting down at times, and particularly rigorous grape selection in the vines to retain only consistently ripe grapes, had a severe impact on crop volumes. Summer rains thankfully kickstarted ripening in the red grapes and with mild weather during the month of September, the later ripening Merlot planted on clay, along with the Cabernets and Petit Verdot, were still able to attain good levels of ripening. The fruit was vinified using whole, uncrushed grapes, with gentle extraction to favour varietal expression in the grapes. Despite a difficult vintage, the wines are showing excellent potential.

Note de dégustation

Magnificent, concentrated, pronounced appearance, lovely deep red in colour. The complex bouquet is defined by aromas of spice, ripe fruits (blackcurrant) and a hint of vanilla. Very concentrated, lively and nervous on the attack, becoming fleshy and generous on the mid-palate. The finish is long, with an attractive toasty note.

Assemblage

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot

Récompenses et médailles

Gault&Millau
- 16/20

Le nez est plus austère à cause du millésime et la bouche possède une belle trame tannique, de la droiture et des notes fumées très agréables. Tiendra encore 5 à 6 ans.

Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France

Le 2011 conserve sa souplesse, mais gagne en complexité à l'évolution avec un beau registre épicé. 

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 14.5/20

Le rouge 2011 a un nez extraverti, fruit très mûr, épices et cuir, une bouche charnue avec des tannins serrés et de la fraîcheur.

Wine Advocate
- 88/100

This is another vineyard owned by the famous negociant Dourthe. La Garde typically represents outstanding value combined with reasonably good quality. The 2011 reveals a beguiling, flattering, precocious, up-front nose of plums, black cherries, kirsch, spice box, smoke and earth. Medium-bodied with velvety tannins as well as a gentle, but authoritative finish, this delicious sleeper of the vintage can be drunk over the next 10-12 years.

Jamessuckling.com
- 88/100

A wine with earth and berry character, plus hints of mushroom. Medium body, good tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of walnut character. Better in 2016.

Wine Spectator
- 88/100

Open-knit, with a slightly leafy frame to the core of olive, blackberry and bitter cherry notes. A bay leaf edge lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2018.

Wine Enthusiast
- 88 - 90/100

Spicy new wood flavors and dry tannins characterize this wine, with only a hint of dark berry fruits. This is smoky, toasty and dominated by its structure.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
- 87 - 90/100

Opaque inky ruby. Aromas of cassis, spicy chocolate and sweet oak. Nicely dense in the mouth, with a chewy character to the berry, coffee and earth flavors. The persistent finish shows a mouthcoating unctuosity.

Weinwisser
- 16/20

Tiefes Purpur, satt in der Mitte, Granatschimmer am Rand. Sehr süsses Bouquet, feine Amarenanoten und überreife Pflaumen, ein Hauch Mokka. Aromatischer Gaumen, dunkle R&ouml,stt&ouml,ne und leicht mürbe Tannine im noch dezent aufrauenden K&ouml,rper. Gute Anlagen. 2017-2032

timatkin.com
- 89/100
Decanter
- 16/20

Very good concentration of ripe vineyard fruit. A classy impression. (16+ points)

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Blackish crimson. Freshly aromatic though it's pretty toasty too. Bright fresh black fruit. Tight though fully ripe tannins. Dryish finish, good length, in harmony if not particularly elegant.

Le millésime

Recorded precipitation levels, that can be compared with 2005 or even 2009, resulted in the production of small berries from the very outset. The result is a natural concentration of tannins, anthocyanins, sugars and acidity. Fine weather and pronounced day/night temperature variations during the ripening limited the breakdown of natural acids in the grapes, and ensured excellent alcohol, concentration and acidity ratios. With the reds, we have taken our approach to a new level, selective “a la carte” harvesting, avoiding pressing and pumping, vinifying whole berries of even whole bunches (a first for La Garde) for optimised fruit concentration, and gentle extraction by regular punching. The perfect ripeness of the skins allowed the constituent elements to naturally diffuse through to the juices. The barrels were also chosen with extreme care, to achieve an integrated oak character in keeping with the delectable finesse achieved in the superb La Garde vintage.

Note de dégustation

Extremely attractive deep, dark ruby in colour. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend, sourced on the Chateau’s stunning plateau, reveals a complex bouquet of red and black fruits, intermingling with smoky, mocha notes. The fresh, fruity and unctuous palate, with its remarkable finegrained tannins, shows no hint of harshness, despite the wine’s depth and concentration. Long and well-balanced on the finish. A wine with excellent ageing potential! 

Assemblage

67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot

Récompenses et médailles

Gault&Millau
- 17/20

Epices, légèrement fumé, beau boisé, tout y est dès le premier nez. Suave et fine, la bouche possède un grain très fin, du charnu et un bel équilibre. Une réussite. 

Natalie Maclean.com
- 97/100

A spectacular Bordeaux in every sense: top-drawer complexity, layering, balance, depth and length on the finish. This is the flagship wine of this house, and it declassifies 50% of production to maintain incredibly high standards vintage after vintage. The vines are planted in all the proto-typical Bordeaux soils: gravel, clay and limestone. The current owners purchased this chateau in 1990. On top of all this, the 2010 vintage was a terrific one so this is a great wine for your cellar still, and decant 1-2 hours when you open it. Dark fruit and smoke but not overwhelmed with oak -- no cover-ups here just pure mastery. Pair with a rare steak. Absolutely superb, especially for the price. Wow.

Sommelier
- 90 / 100

Dunkle, extrem würzige Nase, Kardamom, Piment, Wacholder, Wildkirsche; kerniger, maskuliner Typ, feste, aber polierte Tannine, leichte Schokonote, viel Druck. 

Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France
- 16/20

 Plein et savoureux, le 2010 s'inscrit parmi les très belles réussites du cru. C'est mûr, encore un peu compact, mais savoureux avec des tanins tout en rondeur, moelleux et une matière élancée.

Vigneron

(...) C'est le millésime le plus  abouti. il aura fallu vingt ans de travail pour retrouver tout le potentiel qui nous avait fait rêver. A la fois ferme et onctueux, mature, plein, profond, il fera date dans l'histoire du cru. (...) Patrick Jestin

Challenge's

...ce vignoble de 58 hectares qui se situe à Martillac, dans l'appellation pessac-léognan, affiche une belle progression depuis plusieurs millésimes...

...le millésime 2010 se distingue par ses arômes de fruit rouges, de cuir, ses tanins soyeux, son boisé discret, sa fraîcheur en bouche et une finale élégante...

The World of Fine Wine
- 15,5/20

Medium-full, a nice fruit framed by a firm tannin; ripe, moderately complex, a hint of Graves minerality, good light lenght.

Cuisine et Vins de France

C'est l'une des propriétés des Vignobles Dourthe, intégrés au groupe familial champenois Alain Thiénot. Ce qui ne change en rien à la qualité exceptionnelle de la croupe de graves sur laquelle est planté le vignoble d'un seul tenant. La conjonction de ce sol béni et d'un soin parfait donne un cru racé et dense. En 2010, année sublime, le rouge offre une magnifique structure avec la puissance et la tension de son terroir.

Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France
- 16/20

Superbe rouge 2010, profond, aux tanins justement extraits et qui, comme en blanc, bénéficie d'un élevage moins dominant, laissant place à davantage de naturel à la finale.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

On aime le fruit pur, la minéralité et les notes mentholées, la trame charnue et ronde, la fraîcheur et l'équilibre de ce beau vin classique.

Guide Hubert
- 4.5etoile(s)

Nez très complexe et raffiné, beau fruit pur, jolie minéralité, notes fumées et mentholées, bouche charnue, épanouie, avec de beaux arômes, des tanins ronds et de la fraîcheur. Bel équilibre.

Wine Spectator
- 90/100

A fresh, pure style, with a lovely core of plum, anise and black currant notes, carried by a polished structure. Features a tug of graphite and mouthwatering cut on the finish. Drink now through 2020. -JM

Wine Advocate
- 88/100

La Garde's excellent Graves offers up plenty of smoky barbecue notes intermixed with raspberry, black cherry and a touch of graphite. This is a medium-bodied but nicely concentrated wine and certainly qualifies as a sleeper of the vintage, given its realistic pricing. Drink it over the next 6-8 years.

Jamessuckling.com
- 93/100

Licorice and dried orange peel in the nose. Red tangy fruit and some leather. Nice sweet fruit and velvety texture on the palate with beautifully managed soft fine tannins. Very enjoyable and harmonious wine already now. Better after 2016.

Guide RVF des bonnes affaires du vin
- 16/20

Des notes de fruits mûrs apportent une bouche joliment concentrée. Un vin moderne, un rien flatteur en finale, agréable à boire. 

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)
- 15/20

Robe sombre, nez intense, fumé et mûre. Bouche souple, rond, du gras, ample, belle réussite.

La Revue du Vin de France
Réussites exceptionnelles: Une robe rouge profond et un fruité prononcé (framboise fraîche). Son style, séducteur en bouche, est renforcé par les fermentations malolactiques en barriques.
Gault&Millau
- 16.5/20

Le merlot est envoûtant de plaisir et le cabernet-sauvignon offre une élégance savoureuse. Rouge et blanc sont à suivre de près.

Weinwisser
- 17/20

Extrem dunkles Purpur. Eine volle Brombeerladung, Black Currant, ausladend im Bouquet. Cremiger Gaumen, viel Souplesse, weiches, schon fast samtenes Finale mit mittlerem Druck. Kann noch zulegen. 2017-2030

Asian Palate.com
- 86 - 87/100

This is a thickly textured full-bodied wine with ripe plummy fruit. It is a well made La Garde with juicy, plummy flavours made for early term drinking. This vintage has more generous of both flavours and tannins. Modest finish.

timatkin.com
- 93/100
TAST
- 15/20

Un Pessac-Léognan qui joue sur le registre de la puissance: nez riche de fruits noirs, avec des notes épicées et fumées, bouche charpentée, s’appuyant sur une trame tanique très solide, avec de la fraîcheur et de la longueur.

Decanter
- 16.5/20

Densely-extracted black fruits, slightly briary with good energy, high quality northern Graves with good future. 2015-22

The Wine Cellar Insider
- 87 - 89/100

La Garde Utilizing 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, with a perfume of smoky blackberries and soil, this medium bodied wine offers round textures and finishes with a cassis and a hint of chocolate. This wine should offer pleasure early. 87-89 Pts

Wine Enthusiast
- 90 - 92/100

This wine is ripe with notes of spicy fruit. It is packed with new wood, yet shows the bright fruit of 2010. The wine has weight and richness with a very dense aftertaste.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

«Dark crimson. Very attractive fresh fruit on the nose. Really savoury and luscious, There's a middle charge of fruit here, which is lacking on many others. Though it is not that dense. Nice easy drink that seems to have been fairly heavily extracted. Pretty rich and intense for a Pessac-Leognan. «

Le millésime

Apart from hail in May, which resulted in slightly reduced volumes in the affected vineyards, the 2009 vintage enjoyed textbook weather conditions. Water shortages did not affect La Garde, where the vines are perfectly suited to the terroir. More than ever before, the plateau delivered the true extent of its exceptional quality potential and the Cabernet and Petit Verdot grapes were superb. Prolonged fine weather allowed growers to calmly await the optimum harvesting time for each individual parcel. Even though the first parcel was picked on 24th September, the harvest only really began at the start of October.

Note de dégustation

The wine displays a pronounced, attractive dark red colour. On the nose, aromas of preserved red fruits and figs intermingle with delicate, perfectly integrated oaky notes. The rounded, generous attack is affirmed by attractive weight on the palate, accompanied by very ripe tannins and a concentrated finish. The 2009 vintage is well-balanced and extremely complex, and reveals all the qualities of a fine Pessac-Léognan. A benchmark vintage for La Garde!

Assemblage

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Récompenses et médailles

Gault&Millau
- 15.5/20

Sur fond d'épices, de boîte à tabac et de mine de crayon, ce Château La Garde préserve son caractère intense alors que le fruit commence à basculer sur un registre automnal. Au final, un beau pessac, fin et complexe qui commence à livrer ses charmes.

Le Figaro - L'Avis du Vin (Club Vin)
- 15.5/20

Souple, rond et suave, charmant.

Wine Advocate
- 89/100

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. This is a better performance from Chateau La Garde than it «middling» barrel display suggested. This has a lifted blackberry and briary scented bouquet with crushed flowers and minerals. The palate is medium-bodied with a chewy entry. It is quite firm in the mouth, solid but nicely composed on the concentrated finish. Tasted January 2013.

La Presse

17.5/20

Opaque, ou presque, comme tant de 2009...Corsé, dense, corpulent, il est très typé 2009 avec des tanins bien enrobés. De grande ampleur, très fruits noirs, le bouquet, au beau boisé distingué, n'a cependant rien de massif. Très-très bon et sans doute vieillira-t-il en beauté. 

Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France
- 15.5/20

Plus dense et chaleureux, le 2009 est plus concentré.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

Un nez tendrement fruité, fumé et épicé, une bouche ample, savoureuse, bien tramée et équilibrée. Propriété très bien située, sur des graves bien drainées de Martillac, et objet de beaucoup d'attentions de la part de son propriétaire, La Garde améliore lentement mais sûrement ses blancs et ses rouges.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
- 88/100

Full medium red. Slightly high-toned aromas of blackberry, black cherry, hot rocks, licorice and herbs. Juicy and moderately intense, with good energy to the dark fruit and spice flavors, which carry nicely on the fresh aftertaste.Tannins are quite suave. For drinking over the next ten years.

Wine Spectator

Silky yet solid, this focused red delivers plenty of black cherry, currant, tobacco and spice flavors, with a firm texture, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. The long finish carries toast, mineral and floral notes.

Wine Advocate
Sexy black cherries, unsmoked cigar tobacco, hot rocks and roasted herbs all characterize this soft, lush, very fruity and enticing wine, which is mid-weight and ideal for drinking over the next 6-8 years.
Jamessuckling.com
- 93/100

Blueberry, mineral and dried flower aromas follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a juicy, slightly austere finish. Structured and dense. Very well done. Better in 2018.

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15/20

Le nez est franc, puissant, avec un fruit très présent. En milieu de bouche, les tanins se font moelleux et fins.

Guide RVF des bonnes affaires du vin
- 16.5/20

Cette bouteille témoigne d'une bonne tension aromatique. Avec sa belle expression et ses boisés plus discrets, elle présente une bouche ample et généreuse, dotée d'une grande rondeur liée à la maturité du millésime. Voici donc un délicieux Pessac…

Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France
- 15.5/20

La Garde se compare désormais aux valeurs sûres de l'appellation...Le rouge 2009 possède un fruité généreux et un élevage qui semble bien dosé. Il ne manque pas de charme.

Le Figaro

89-91/100

Robe grenat. Nez fruits rouges. En bouche, souple, rond et suave, charmant.

Weinwisser
- 17/20

Tiefes Purpur. Sehr aromatisches, würzigesBouquet, viel Tiefe. Sehr elegant, mittlerer Körper, blaue Beeren, Schwarzpfeffernote, kann noch zulegen. 2016-2026.

La Revue du Vin de France
Réussites: Ce vin pulpeux procurera beaucoup de plaisir d'ici quelques années.
Wine Enthusiast
- 92 - 94/100

Spicy wood, ginger and nutmeg, balancing with solid black fruits. The wine is rich, a powerhouse of sweet tannins, finishing freshly with black currant juice.

TAST
- 15/20

Le tanin de ce rouge est encore bien présent en bouche mais il est fin. L’ensemble très mûr conserve de la fraîcheur en finale.

Wine Advocate
- 88 - 90/100

A sleeper of the vintage, this may turn out to be the finest La Garde yet made. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by notes of burning embers, charcoal, black cherries, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, lush, complex, and already impressive, it should drink well for 10-15 years. (Tasted two times.) 

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Fresh and focused. Quite zesty with a fair amount of tannin on the end. Reasonably classic Pessac-Léognan with extra ripeness. Plush ink.Drink 2015-2020

Decanter
- 16.5/20

Black red, deep crushed black fruit nose, well-expressed briary fruit with good extract, middle and length, very ripe grapes backed by good vineyard character. 

Anthony Rose
- 89 - 91/100

Good fresh aromatic quality, quite oaky, very nice rich dark berry fruit with quite a lot of spicy oak and firm tannins, but also fresh juicy acidity, so while quite showy and flashy at the moment, should settle into a very attractive drink.

Wine Spectator
- 90 - 93/100

Mineral, spice, stone and fruit aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins and a pretty finish.

timatkin.com
- 92/100

After the redesign of the vineyard at this CVBG-owned property, the investment is paying off. This is rich, perfumed and slightly spicy, with stylish oak and fresh acidity adding extra layer. The Cabernet certainly makes its presence felt given its comparatively small (numerical) contribution.

Le millésime

After a challenging spring and relatively cool summer, the magnificent Indian Summer sunshine of September and October more than compensated for highly selective harvesting, carried out specifically to harvest only plots of even ripeness, from identically profiled terroirs. This vintage is also characterised by the magnificent quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the ‘Plateau’, where the ripeness of the grapes reveals ripe and delicate tannins, and appealing structure. This vintage serves to confirm the magnificence of this exceptional terroir.

Note de dégustation

Deep ruby-red in appearance. The red-fruit bouquet revealing blackberries, currants or blackcurrants, is intense and fresh. Initially direct, the wine develops to reveal a well-balanced, dense and generous palate, yet smooth presenting great richness. The finish is long, offering good fruit character, enriched with white tobacco leaf notes. The wine’s impressive balance indicates an ageing potential over 10 years.

Assemblage

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

Récompenses et médailles

Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France
- 15.5/20

Une agréable fraîcheur avec un fruit délicat et une matière équilibrée

Gault&Millau
- 15/20
Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

Cette très jolie chartreuse du XVIIIe siècle témoigne de l'ancienneté du domaine. Une fois encore, ce cru se montre à la hauteur de son passé avec ce vin intéressant par ses arômes de fruits noirs, d'herbe coupée et de violette. La puissance du palais n'entame en rien sa rondeur et donne un ensemble déjà fort aimable...(1 étoile = vin très réussi)

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
Propriété très bien située, sur des graves bien drainées de Martillac, et objet de beaucoup d'attentions de la part de son propriétaire….Tout en fraicheur, très aromatique…
Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France
- 15/20

La Garde se compare désormais aux valeurs sûres de l'appellation...Bel équilibre et finesse des tanins pour le rouge 2008. C'est un vin typé de son terroir avec une matière délicate, expressive et qui commence à se fondre.

Erobertparker.com

A Typical blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine displays the classic Graves notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco intermixed with wet gravel, red and black currants, and a hint of barbecue smoke, A mineral-laced wine, it is seductive, round, dark plum/ruby and good for drinking over the next 5-7 Years.

Wine Spectator
- 89/100

Black cherry and currant flavors mingle in this solid red, while leafy, herbal notes give this a fresh green character. A straightforward wine, showing some concentration and good balance. Drink now through 2017. 7950 cases made.

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

A plummy and fruity red, with hints of soil. Full and fruity, with soft tannins and a fruity finish. Well done for the vintage. Always improving. Best after 2012.

Cuisine Gourmande
A l'œil, rubis foncé, au nez, pointe de fumé sur les parfums de fruits rouges et de vanille. Belle attaque en bouche sur un fruit mûr et presque confit. Suite droite, construite, avec une finale minérale, droite malgré la grande maturité. Grâce à ses tanins souples, ce vin peut se boire tout de suite. Mais si on attend, il gagnera en complexité.
La Revue du Vin de France
- 15.5 - 17.5/20

Puissance des fruits noirs confiturés et des épices douces. La bouche est charpentée, avec une trame tannique importante, du fruit, de la fraicheur et une bonne allonge. Vin solide.

Weinwisser
- 16/20

Trinkreife 2014-2026

Wine Advocate
- 86 - 88/100

Smoky, weedy notes interwoven with sweet cherry and black currant fruit emerge from this medium-bodied 2008. It is ideal for consumption over the next 7-8 years.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16.5/20

Unusually concentrated purple. All stops have been pulled out on this one! Lots of freshness and excitement and some extremely expensive oak! Very dry finish. But very noble. A wine that has been given the cru classé treatment in the cellar without a doubt-was picked a pretty late.

Wine Spectator
- 85 - 88/100

Crushed dark berries on the nose follow through to a full body, with soft, silky tannins and a medium finish.

TAST
- 15/20

Le style est puissant et montre que les cabernets sont arrivés en production. L'équilibre acidité/alcool lui permettra une belle garde.

Le millésime

The quality of the vines increases year on year, as the parcels replanted since 1990 become more mature (high density planting, new pruning techniques, grafting and clones adapted to the soil-types.) Monitoring the development of water stress during ripening at many different sites in the vineyard (more than 500), has made it possible to adapt cultivation techniques during the season (trimming at a higher or lower level, different types of cover grass). Monitoring water stress also allows to map the soils on an increasingly detailed level, indicating different ripening levels even within the same parcel of vines. The harvesting dates can then be scheduled so that only grapes displaying even ripeness are picked.

Note de dégustation

This wine is highly attractive in appearance with intense colour. It boasts a very attractive, intense and vibrant bouquet, revealing blackberry and blueberry notes. Generous on the palate with powerful tannins, the wine develops a concentrated fruit character with impressive freshness. Elegance overpowers the intensity. The finish, is long, and precise, revealing aromas of brioche, wild berries and white tobacco leaves.

Assemblage

52% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petit Verdot

Récompenses et médailles

Gault&Millau

La trame tannique est tendre, le vin encore marqué par le fût joue entre notes toastées et mûres sauvages. Nez fruité, floral. En bouche, charnu et velouté.

Erobertparker.com
- 90/100

Tatsted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southworld. This is a surprising, delightful wine that surpassed many more famous names. The La Garde 2007 has an attractive nose with dark cherries, raspberry and a fair amount of vanillary oak, but maintaining good delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, nice grip with a good weight on the finish. It will take some time for the oak to be subsumed, but this is still very finely made. Tasted January 2011.

Guide Hachette
... Ce 2007 offre un bon exemple de ces bouteilles à apprécier dans leur jeunesse: sa structure est veloutée et ses arômes vifs évoquent les petits fruits rouges acidulés. Sa fraicheur se mariera bien avec de nombreux plats, y compris les grillades de boeuf.
Guide Bettane et Desseauve
Vin agréable par son coté frais, souple, fruité.
Decanter
- 17/20

**** Spicy nose with lots of juicy and sweet cassis, black fruits and toasted oak. More sweet fruits and firm tannins on the palate with an elegant, generous fruit concentration and a nice cedar spice flavour on the finish. Oak is well-handled but needs time to soften up.

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15.5 - 17.5/20

Un nez mûr et complexe, une bouche harmonieuse, avec des tanins ronds et un boisé délicat pour ce Pessac-Léognan long et aromatique.

Weinwisser
- 16/20
Jancis Robinson.com
- 15/20

Bright but not blue crimson. A little mossy on the nose. Easy and gentle but a bit chewy and dry on the finish. Competent without being exciting.

Wine Spectator
- 85 - 88/100

Berry and mineral character, with hints of flowers. Medium body, fine tannins and fresh finish. 

Le millésime

Veraison occurred evenly across the vineyard with the grapes then ripening splendidly during the first few days of September: significant diurnal temperature variation and sunshine hours contributed to the concentration of aromas, sugar and phenolic compounds in the grapes, to evels reminiscent of the 2005 vintage. Very good vine health in the vineyard allowed the harvesting to stretch to the required dates. The richness and complexity of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot varieties on the “plateau” were surprising, which only goes to prove the exceptional quality of this terroir, even though the vines remain relatively young.

Note de dégustation

Chateau La Garde 2006 red is ruby-red, brilliant. Its delicate nose opens up on a note of Morelo cherries and plums. The initial attack is full, evolving into silky, integrated tannins, as a result of careful extraction during vinification. An elegant, flavoursome wine with very good ageing potential.

Assemblage

55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Petit Verdot

Récompenses et médailles

Terre de Vins
- 15/20

Généreux, onctueux et séduisant, sa matière est de belle qualité. Une viande rouge bien grillée sera un complice de choix.

Gault&Millau
- 15.5/20

L'élevage se fond peu à peu et laisse derrière lui quelques notes grillées qui embellissent ce vin riche de prunes noires et de cassis. la bouche est patinée, suave et très sensuelle.

Guide Hubert
- 4.5etoile(s)

Nez fin et délicat, très fondu et harmonieux, de fruits rouges avec des notes boisées et minérales, bouche à l'identique, ronde, aromatique, charnue, fraîche, avec une bonne suite. Tout en élégance.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

Un Pessac-Léognan qui prime par son élégance: nez harmonieux, délicatement fruité, minéral et boisé, bouche dans le même esprit, rond, souple, finement tannique, fraîche et toute en longueur.

Guide Hachette

Domaine appartenant en propre depuis près de vingt ans à la maison Dourthe et commandé par une jolie chartreuse, ce cru est implanté au point culminant de Martillac. Il propose un vin plaisant au fruité agréable et enveloppé par un subtil fumet boisé. Equilibré et fin, le palais reste sur les même notes aromatiques.

Guide des Vins Gault&Millau
- 15/20

Les vins présentés cette année sont modernes par leur fruité intense, classiques par leur trame à relief et leur fraîcheur …Le 2006 offre fruité et saveur…

Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France
- 15.5/20

La Garde se compare désormais aux valeurs sûres de l'appellation....Le rouge 2006 est élégant et savoureux...

La Revue du Vin de France
- 15.5 - 17/20

Grand Vin - Nez mûr exprimant des arômes harmonieux, bouche savoureuse, aux tanins fondants, à la longue finale équilibrée. Tout en élégance.

Wine & Spirit (UK)
- 88 - 89/100
Weinwisser
- 16/20

2013-2025. Mittleres Granat mit rubinem Rand. Delikates, feines Bouquet, rote Pflaumen, sanft süsse Kirschenkompottnoten dahinter. Delikater, feiner Gaumen, saftig, weich, viel Finessen, gute Balance, früher Genuss und doch mit Potenzial für ein paar Jahre.

Vinum
- 15/20

Extraktreich, herb, viel Holz. 

Jancis Robinson.com
- 15.5/20

Dark crimson. Sweet almost chocolate raisin-like appeal on the nose. The rich palate entry and reasonably gentle, relatively soft tannins. It’s interesting that, tasting this among a range of Dourthe wines from several different appellations, this is the first to show gentle tannins on the finish. Does this signal good things for the Pessac-Léognan appellation as a whole?

Wine Spectator
- 85 - 88/100

Medium-bodied, with berry and light mineral character and a light finish.

Le millésime

2005 is an exceptional vintage. Rarely in the Bordeaux wine history all the conditions been in place for a harvest of such ideal quality. In completely stress-free conditions, the teams of grape-pickers at Château La Gardegathered grapes that were very healthy and rich, with concentrated colour and tannins, good balanced acidity bringing freshness and with remarkable aromatic intensity. The very favourable final ripening period had just enough rainfall to ensure ideal conditions for staggering the harvests. Picking took place during the coolest hours so as to keep all the exceptional aromatic intensity.“A la carte”vinification of each batch was carried out to optimise precise balance between fruit, structure and body, and control the unique richness of this harvest.

Note de dégustation

The wines display a deep black colour with hints of intense violet. Very red fruit on the nose, changing to coffee and ending on a tropical note. The attack is fresh, and shows very good balance with freshness. Immediately full on the palate, with fine silky tannins that prove that this wine has great ageing potential..

Assemblage

60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

Récompenses et médailles

Gault&Millau
Le millésime réussit avec brio avec un beau volume et un boisé juste sans lourdeur. La palette aromatique est riche sur les fruits noirs et la bouche dense.
Food and Wine

This clean and polished red offers flavors of cassis, smoke and vanilla. Chewy tannins, a medium-full body and a good depth make it balanced and immensely enjoyable. Excellent Top-notch of its type

Wine Enthusiast
- 92/100

Dark in color, this wine has sold tannins over rich mint and black plum fruits.The structure is firm, but the whole wine has enough richness to sustain the dry core.

Decanter
- 17.6/20

Highly Recommended - Sweet, ripe with a minty nose. Delicious balance of ripeness and freshness that glides across the palate and goes on and on.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16.5/20

Fragrant, lightly floral dark fruit. Dusty. Tannins a little tough but there's nicely scented dark fruit on the mid palate. Finishes a bit dry but there's more to come. Really quite dense and long.

Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

Vignoble en propre de la célèbre maison Dourthe depuis 1990, ce cru est implanté sur une croupe de graves marquant le point culminant de la commune de Martillac. Encore un peu fermé au nez (fruit rouges et moka en embuscade), son 2005 se montre plus expressif en bouche où le fruit un peu confit concurrence un délicat merrain, dans un ensemble qui joue pleinement la carte de la finesse. Un très beau travail de vinification et d'élevage. (1 étoile = vin très réussi)

IWC

Silver Medal

Wine Spectator
- 89/100
Guide de la RVF des meilleurs vins de France
- 15/20

Les beaux progrès enregistrés ces derniers millésimes par le domaine appartenant à la maison de négoce Dourthe nous conduisent à lui attribuer sa première étoile. Les rouges sont désormais réguliers, modernes, richement fruités et épicés. Ils vieillissent très bien. Le 2005 possède une matière profonde et un corps imposant.

Le Monde
- 15.5/20

C'est un vin de large format, la propriété progresse constamment.

Le Magazine du Monde
- 15.5/20

«Mûr, plein de sève, riche et intense. C'est un vin de large format, la propriété progresse constamment. «

La Revue du Vin de France

Les réussites exceptionnelles : nez complexe, bouche avec une trame tannique imposante, des arômes de fruits mûrs et une bonne suite.

Le Point
- 16.5/20

La Garde est une vraie réussite, un vin qui, comme son nom l'indique, vieillit harmonieusement et offre un fruité facile d'accès qui séduit tous les amateurs de vin de graves…Epicé, fruit noirs, frais, élégant, tanins généreux, pas trop extraits, racé, fruité, bonne longueur.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Aromatic sweet black fruit, some ripe damson, richly fruited mid palate, firm fine tannins and well sustained. Riper fruit style than many from this region , well balanced by acidity and tannins

TAST
- 15.5/20

Bénéficiant d'un travail de fond depuis plusieurs années, le cru progresse encore : mûr, plein de sève, riche et intense, c'est un vin de large format.

Le millésime

Excellent vine management (leaf-thinning, topping and trimming, integrated plant protection etc) and yield control (pruning, de-budding, thinning out…) resulted in remarkable ripening and sanitary state. The harvests were staggered, and, despite a late vintage, this did not give rise to any problem. An innovation was berry selection using the new sorting/destemming SOCMA machine on two sorting tables. Only berries of similar ripeness were to be found in the same batch and all the vegetal debris was removed on new sorting tables.

Note de dégustation

This vintage from Château La Gardeshows lots of balance and freshness with aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, raspberry and spice. Onthe palate it is structured and the tannins are fine and velvety, keeping all its freshness and aromatic complexity. Good length.

Assemblage

60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

Récompenses et médailles

Gault&Millau
L'attaque très musclée fait place à des parfums prononcés de cuir et de feuilles de tabac, qui s'accordent très bien avec le musqué des joues de boeuf et des shiitakés. C'est un vin d'hiver de forte personnalité.
TAST
- 16/20

16/20 = grande réussite “Excellent bordeaux, riche, harmonieux et bien élevé.”

Gault&Millau
Belle évolution sur ce millésime qui garde de la tension...
Jancis Robinson.com
- 16.5/20

“Affordable red bordeaux”“…Sweet start. Lively fruit…Nice balance…it could provide juicy drinking early..”

Decanter

Une affaire...

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

Ce 2004 est bien typé, tant par sa robe grenat sombre que par son bouquet finement boisé. Charnu et bien équilibré, le palais s'appuie sur des tanins racés qui permettent d'envisager une garde de Six ans et plus. Passé tout près du coup de coeur, ce vin méritera des mets de caractère (...)

Gault&Millau
- 15/20

Rien n'est laissé au hasard sur cette propriété de Pessac-Léognan. Belle réalisation que le 2004 en rouge, vin souple et charmeur, cadré par une trame serrée et présente aujourd'hui.

Guide Parker des Vins de France
Mon classement: très bon.“… Des châteaux soucieux de qualité comme …, La Garde, … méritent qu’on s’y intéresse de près. … Cette propriété est régulière à haut niveau
Decanter
«Value at Glance"Classy and complex nose. Lots of dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Very complex and multi-layered palate. Great structure and complexity.
Wine Spectator
- 85/100

Offers plum and light cedar, with tea undertones on the nose. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Best after 2007. 10,775 cases made.

Guide Hubert
Nez riche, avec fruit très mûr, un joli boisé et des notes fumées , bouche massive, puissante et charnue, avec des tannins serrés et mûrs ...
Wine Advocate
- 84 - 86/100

The lean, austere 2004 offers aromas of smoky tobacco, minerals, earth, currants, and figs, medium body, decent acidity, and a short finish.

Weinwisser
- 16/20
La Revue du Vin de France

7/10

Dense et moelleux, le vin présente des tanins fermes et une bonne longueur.

Le millésime

The 2003 harvest was the earliest ever seen at Château La Garde but also one with the lowest yield (35hl/ha). Record-breaking temperatures lead to an early harvest –3 to 4 weeks in advance at veraison. Fortunately, the clay, found on many plots, maintained a certainlevel of humidity and avoided the grapes from stopping their maturation and the berries from drying out, a situation that could be witnessed on other gravellysoils. The works performed in the vineyard were perfectly adapted to these extreme conditions in order to preserve a balance between the plant and the fruit. The berries were highly concentrated in sugar and had rich aromas of black fruitsand excellent structure. All of this within a balance given by normal levels of acidity.

Note de dégustation

Spicy, with black fruit aromas, and well melted oak flavours. The palate is ripe, full and dense, with silky tannins : A Château La Garde very delicateand elegant.

Assemblage

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Récompenses et médailles

IWSC

IWSC 2008: SILVER MEDAL - Best In Class -

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

Une nouvelle étiquette habille ce millésime. Que les fidèles du cru se rassurent, le contenu de la bouteille n'a pas changé d'esprit : il assemble 50 % de cabernet-sauvignon, 45% de merlot et 5% de cabernet franc élevés quatorze mois en barrique. La robe reste élégante, toujours sombre , le bouquet complexe joue encore sur le bois (toast, grillé et moka) et le palais gras est puissant. Riche et profond, l'ensemble, de qualité, mérite un séjour en cave de cinq à huit ans.

Decanter World Wine Award

SILVER MEDAL Decanter World Wine Awards 2006Deep, dark ruby core. Fine-scented nose. Engaging, attractive. Delicious berry and cherry fruit over a well-crafted structure.

Wine Advocate
- 87/100

Big, fleshy, and seductive, the 2003 exhibits a dark plum color as well as plenty of sweet kirsch, licorice, smoked herbs, and earth notes. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

Wine Spectator
- 87/100

A pleasant wine with tobacco and chocolate character and hints of fruit. Medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Best after 2006. 10,750 cases made.

TAST
- 15/20

Appartenant à la maison Dourthe, La Garde produits des vins généreusement boisés, riches, gourmands, très séducteurs.

Le Point
- 15/20

La Garde est un joli vin, pas très connu mais d'une grande régularité et d'une bonne tenue au vieillissement. Nez épicé, fruits noirs, légérement boisé, bouche grasse, dense, tanins veloutés, structure solide, bonne matière, joli fruit.

Decanter

3 étoiles

Quite big extraction. Rich, dark fruit with distinct mocha, coffee notes. Solid fruit weight, fleshy, gras. Vanilla oak again present on the palate. Touch of dryness on the finish.



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