It's always a treat to enjoy fine claret with a few years' maturity. This is from Château La Garde in the Graves' top area of Pessac Léognan. Parker describes its wines as "outstanding value." Silky, complex with plum, cherry and spice box length.
The famous Dourthe company bought Château La Garde in 1990, convinced of the potential of its unique terroir. Indeed, it lies on a very special gravel outcrop, possibly the finest in the appellation. Some of it boasts large pebble stones to a depth of 4 metres, perfect for well structured Cabernet. Lower down the slopes, there are a fewer pebbles with a little clay and sand - this is where the fruitier style Merlot is cultivated, as well as some white grapes. Since the beginning, they have employed methods to help preserve the natural environment – one of the first to do this – and are now part of the Terre Vitis group. Cabernet dominated, with over a year's ageing in fine oak barrels, this is a true vin de garde. Ideal with rich game pie.
"Flattering, precocious, up-front nose of plums, black cherries, kirsch, spice box, smoke and earth"
Robert Parker Wine Advocate