Chateau La Garde 2017 - Bordeaux Futures
From a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (66%) complemented with Merlot(31%) and Petit Verdot (3%), Château La Garde 2017 presents a bouquet with a great aromatic richness while the mouthfeel is concentrated and structured with subtle velvety tannins. A real success for this excellent Pessac-Léognan vintage.
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.
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. The red wines display the true Graves minerality underneath an exuberant cassis-and-plums aroma.
The 2017 vintage will be remembered because of the frost that hit the Bordeaux vineyards at the end of April, but the vintage also produced excellent wines, and the Château La Garde 2017 is one of the most tempting from the beautiful Pessac-Léognan. With vineyards that escaped the frosts, the growing season took place under the most favourable conditions. As a savvy vintage, the harvest revealed Merlots filled with anthocyanins that gives the wine a beautiful, concentrated colour while exuding freshness from the fruit. The harvest then continued with Caberbet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, which were both picked at full ripeness at the end of September.