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La Terrasse de La Garde

Second Vin du Château La Garde - AOC Pessac-Léognan

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La Terrasse de La Garde is the second red wine of Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan. The result of extensive research into the terroir and of all the renovations carried out in the vineyard and winery, this wine displays a delicate balance of intensity and softness. Its fruit-driven elegance makes this ideally appreciated in its youth. 

Vinification & Ageing

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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The vintage

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.

Tasting notes

Deep garnet in appearance. Typical Pessac-Léognan character on the bouquet, with a smoky, fruity note of cherry and dark fruits. Immediately smooth, the wine is rounded and generous, while mouth-coating, fine-grained tannins lend structure. Bags of character to Château La Garde’s second wine, a proud exemplar of the character of the terroir.

Blend

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

Medals and Accolades

Challenge's

Souple dès l'attaque, avec de belles notes de cerise et de fruits noirs sur une pointe fumée, le second vin de château La Garde séduit par sa franchise gourmande et ses tanins fins et enrobés. Ouvrir dans les deux à cinq ans.

Concours des Grands Vins de France - Mâcon
- Médaille d'Or

Médaille d'Or

The vintage

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.

Tasting notes

Attractive glistening ruby red in colour. Aromas of red fruits, with cherry notes and lovely freshness, followed by savoury notes on the attack. The wine is crunchy and full-bodied on the palate, backed by discreet and well-integrated oaky notes which culminate in a charming finish for this second wine.

Blend

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Challenge International du Vin
- Médaille d'Or

The vintage

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. 

Tasting notes

Lovely shining ruby-red appearance. Ripe fruit and smoky notes define the bouquet, leading to the wine’s supple palate, impressive volume and silky tannins. Wonderfully full-flavoured overall, with rounded character and appealing length. 

Blend

25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 70% Merlot

Medals and Accolades

Natalie Maclean.com
- 91/100

This is second wine for the prestigious Château La Garde, whch takes only 50% of production so that even the second wine is remarkable and certainly of great value. Attractive smoky nose and black fruit and toasty oak on the palate.

Concours des Grands Vins de France - Mâcon

MEDAILLE D'OR

The vintage

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 of the berries, 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.

Tasting notes

With its intense, bright garnet appearance, La Terrasse de la Garde develops aromas of fresh red fruits and delicate smoky character on the bouquet. Supple on the attack, the wine is fresh, well-balanced and crisp on the palate, with supple, well-rounded tannins imparting good structure. The wine culminates in appealing, aromatic harmony and well-integrated oaky character. This wine shows great ageing potential, and is worthy of its terroir..

Blend

70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

The Daily Mail

“Although this is, strictly speaking, still a little too young, when decanted it’s a lovely classy claret.  Put a few bottles away and it will mellow even more.  It’s rare to see wines of this calibre on supermarket shelves!” 

Sunday Express

BEST FOR BOXING DAY

(...) I love a good christmas claret - the old English term for the red wines of bordeaux and with bags of cherry and plum fruit flavours, this one more than fits the bill. (...)

Decanter World Wine Award

SILVER MEDAL

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Médaille d'Argent

The vintage

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.

 

Tasting notes

Appealing garnet colour, the wine develops a smoky bouquet quite typical of Pessac-Leognan, revealing concentrated ripe red fruits. Supple and rounded on the palate, the wine is generous and culminates harmoniously on the finish, where the ripe fruits are balanced perfectly by well-integrated oaky notes.

 

Blend

80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Guide Phaneuf
- 3etoile(s)

Pur produit de l'oenologie bordelaise, au sens technique et poli du terme. Cela donne un bon vin, dans lequel on trouve tout le fruit et la structure tannique nécessaires, les angles sont polis et l'élevage apporte des nuances rôties. Une bonne note pour sa constance.

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Médaille d'ARGENT



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