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Château La Garde Blanc (2017)

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Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Wine style: White

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 12.5

Grade: A.O.C.- Pessac-Leognan

Producer: Dourthe

Size: 750ml

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Tasting Note 
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%

Alc:12.50%

See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> Pessac-Léognan
See producer detail: Dourthe

 

Terroir/Vinification

Harvest
VINTAGE 2017
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

 

Aging
AGEING: 10 months, on the lees, in the same oak barrels, 12% 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.
Bottled in July 2018

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