Pessac-Léognan

Château La Garde Rouge (2011)

Product Information

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pessac-Leognan

Wine style: Red

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

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

Producer: Dourthe

Serving Temperature(℃): 17-19

Size: 750ml

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Description

Blend: 60 %Merlot,  40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Grade: AOC Pessac-Léognan

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
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.

Food Pairing:Red meat,Game, Cheese, Mushrooms, Fowl & white meat, Shelfish 

 

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Terroir/Vinification

Almost half the vineyard extends across three stony outcrops, with intermittent visible clay, containing varying proportions of sand. One of these outcrops, known as the “Plateau” extends over more than 10 Ha, and is made up of a layer of large stones in places reaching 4m in depth.
The Plateau is ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, which impart complexity and elegant structure to the great wines of Pessac-Léognan. At the base of the outcrops, the stones diminish in size and intermingle with sand, making these vineyard plots the ideal terroir for the production of delicate and fruity Merlot.
Picking and winemaking consider each plot/micro plot character. Winemaking in stainless-steel vats considers the character of each batch. The wine are then matured for 12 months in French oak barrels specially selected for Château La Garde, 30% of which are new.

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