Chateau La Garde Blanc 2017 Front Label
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Chateau La Garde Blanc 2017

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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 Sauvignon blanc 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.

Blend: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling
This is very linear and really energetic with a driven acidity and tight and compact fruit. Full-bodied yet remains so agile and bright. The lemon-zest and salty character is impressive. Only 10% new wood here.
Barrel Sample: 93-94
WS 92
Wine Spectator

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.

D 92
This is an excellent La Garde, a success in both red and white guises in a vintage that was not clear cut. Clever use of rounding oak smooths the flavours and delivers a Pessac Léognan signature that not everyone has managed. It has good aromatics with pronounced citrus notes, and rich stone fruits fill out the mid-palate. The finish is elongated, stretching out over several minutes. This impressive wines is one to own, and a great way to win over newcomers to white Bordeaux. 40% new oak.
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Chateau La Garde, France
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The origins of the Chateau date back to the 18th century, when Domaine de “Lagarde” already featured on the “carte de Cassini”, the first general map of France drawn by the Cassini family in 1756. The picturesque Charterhouse, built in 1732, was at that time surrounded by valleys and woods. The “Bourdieu de Lagarde” was then passed down through the Blanchard family, until its purchase in 1877 by the Lacoste family, who were negociants in Bordeaux. Vines were thus cultivated on this magnificent stony terroir and the winery was built in 1881. After the First World War, Louis Eschenauer, a well-known negociant on the Place de Bordeaux at the “Chartrons”, was looking for good quality vines in the Bordeaux area. He became interested in the vineyards around the summit of Domaine de La Garde, which he subsequently bought in 1920, and in so doing became the leading proponent of the wines produced in the Martillac area, where he also owned Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. Sometimes referred to as Domaine de La Garde, Clos de La Garde, then Chateau La Garde, even at this time a crest featured on the estate’s wine labels inspired by weapons thought to be from the region of Aquitaine during the 100 years’ war, displaying the leopard with a lion’s head.

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Pessac-Leognan Wine

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Recognized for its superior reds as well as whites, Pessac-Léognan on the Left Bank claims classified growths for both—making it quite unique in comparison to its neighboring Médoc properties.

Pessac’s Chateau Haut-Brion, the only first growth located outside of the Médoc, is said to have been the first to conceptualize fine red wine in Bordeaux back in the late 1600s. The estate, along with its high-esteemed neighbors, La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pique-Caillou and Chateau Pape-Clément are today all but enveloped by the city of Bordeaux. The rest of the vineyards of Pessac-Léognan are in clearings of heavily forested area or abutting dense suburbs.

Arid sand and gravel on top of clay and limestone make the area unique and conducive to growing Sémillon and Sauvignon blanc as well as the grapes in the usual Left Bank red recipe: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and miniscule percentages of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

The best reds will show great force and finesse with inky blue and black fruit, mushroom, forest, tobacco, iodine and a smooth and intriguing texture.

Its best whites show complexity, longevity and no lack of exotic twists on citrus, tropical and stone fruit with pronounced floral and spice characteristics.

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Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. Popularized in Bordeaux, the blend is often mimicked throughout the New World. Somm Secret—Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but they can be served before, during or after a meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage.

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