Decanter: Nose fairly closed, but well-knitted damson fruit, fresh fine tannins and good promise to age. An estate that now offers sure-fire value. 62% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. 89 Points
Wine Advocate: The 2015 La Garde did not quite have the complexity or nuance of some of its Pessac-Léognan peers, although there is plenty of blackberry and bilberry fruit to enjoy here. The palate is quite sweet on the entry, fleshy in the mouth with cedar-tinged black fruit, the finish easy going and perhaps needing a little more backbone. Drink over 4-6 years.
86 - 88/100
Very deep crimson. Lively and full of life. Perhaps not the densest but offers great fruit.
16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE
Château La Garde is a medium-sized property with 47 hectares of vineyards in Pessac-Léognan, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The Cabernet-dominated red wines are soft, well structured and packed with smooth, ripe fruit which makes them very attractive young, though they also possess good medium-term cellaring potential. Bought by the dynamic Bordeaux merchant Dourthe in the 1980s, this gem of an estate displays the true Graves minerality underneath an exuberant cassis-and-plums aroma. After huge initial investment in the vineyard and cellar immense care is now lavished upon the wine itself, and any re-assessment of the Pessac-Léognan classification would surely see this wine elevated to Cru Classé status
Château La Garde is a rising star of the Pessac-Léognan wine appellation owned by the dynamic Bordeaux negociant company Dourthe-Kressman. It is a medium-sized property with 47 hectares of vineyards in, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.