The 2017 vintage once again confirms the originality and exceptional character of
Chateau La Garde’s white-grape vineyard parcels. Here the pure expression of Sauvignonblanc on limestone reaches dizzy heights, and offers stunning minerality and purity on the nose, enhanced by aromas of citrus fruits and grapefruit in just the right measure. The mineral dimension is echoed on the palate, accompanied by poise and length carrying
all the finesse, freshness and body that a touch of Semillon will harmonise to perfection. A very accomplished La Garde white for its distinction, freshness and purity.
Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director
Grape variety Sauvignon Blanc: 90%; Semillon: 10%
Winter was extremely mild and favoured early budburst and very rapid growth in
the vine, followed by good and even bunch set. Frost at the end of April spared the estate’s white grape varieties, which continued to develop well approximately 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Flowering was quick and even in the dry, sunny May weather. Summer, particularly August, will be remembered for hot days (but not too hot) and cool, damp nights, with the contrast promoting freshness and balance in the bunches during very early ripening. Determining optimum harvesting dates for the Sauvignon blanc (dominant at La Garde) and Semillon is crucial in this early vintage. We harvested only in the morning, from August 29 to September 6. The wines are fresh and aromatic with a citrus fruit note.
HARVEST: manual, in crates
Sauvignon Blanc: August 29th to September 6th / Semillon : September 4th to 6th
Wine Spectator 92 Points!
Delicious, with a mix of salted butter and brioche notes that should expand with cellar time, though for now the core of lemon pith, yellow apple and white peach flavors is tightly coiled and mouthwatering in feel. A long sel gris hint emerges on the finish too. Drink now through 2023.
Yvesbeck.vin 92 Points!
aune doré clair. Bouquet complexe alliant fraîcheur, agrumes et notes florales. Quelle expression ! En bouche, le vin est juteux, fruité et salin en attaque. Très belle expression aromatique en bouche. Ce vin a du caractère, de la gnaque et du peps. Finale persistante, authentique et saline également. Bravo, quelle belleréussite. Maintenant – 2027 92/100
Guide Bettane et Desseauve 17/20 Points!La Revue du Vin de France 15-16/20 Points!