74% Sauvignon blanc, 15% Sauvignon gris, 11% Sémillon
Grade: AOC Pessac-Léognan
The advance in vine development during the first part of the year was soon offset by a dull, cool summer, resulting at the end of August in a worrying delay in ripening. We remained constantly on alert, tailoring work in the vineyard to the vagaries of the vintage, with rigorous leaf-plucking to improve airflow around the bunches and exposure to sunlight, thinning out after veraison to prevent over-cropping and any non-uniform bunches, removing any bunches and shoots derived from secondary buds, and keeping ploughing and grassing over to a minimum in order to limit water supplies to the vine and facilitate ripening. The magnificent Indian summer allayed our fears, and evened out any delays in ripeness noted at veraison, The whites, which do not cope well with hot summers, have thrived in the relatively cool temperatures of July and August.
10 months, on the lees, in the same oak barrels, 15% of which are new. « Batonnage » takes place by rotating the barrels using the Oxo Line system. The frequency varies according to the batches.The ageing allows a greater expression of the varietal aromas, with a well integrated and elegant oaky character.
Clear and bright in appearance, fresh on the bouquet offering aromas of flowers and flint. Poised and lively on the palate. Long and lingering on the finish with elegant fruit notes, this wonderfully mineral wine expresses the trademark purity of Chateau la Garde Sauvignon blanc.
James Suckling 92 points!
Wine Enthusiast 92 points!