Chateau La Garde Pessac Leognan Bordeaux, Compete Guide

La Garde Chateau

Learn everything about Chateau La Garde Pessac Leognan with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau La Garde History, Overview

Chateau La Garde has a long history in what was then known as the Graves region, In fact, Chateau La Garde dates back to at least 1732, when the chateau was built. The property was sold multiple times eventually passing from the Lacoste family, (who gave their name to the Pauillac estate, Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste) to the Eschenauer family.

During the period of the 1950s and 1960s, the wines were sold under the name of Clos La Garde. However, the modern era for Chateau La Garde begins in 1990, when it was purchased by the Dourthe group. The Dourthe group owns several vineyards in Bordeaux. They are also one of the more powerful, successful negociants with their CVGB company.

In 2022, a full renovation of Chateau La Grade was completed. Now, in the cellar, you find all gleaming, stainless steel, truncated, and reverse conical vats. Plus the cellar has been configured with much smaller vats allowing for a true parcel by parcel vinification.

Chateau La Garde Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The large, 53-hectare vineyard of Chateau La Garde is planted to 62% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot for the red wine grapes. That is the majority of the vineyard, as you will see.

For the white wine, 3 hectares of vines have been reserved for white wine grapes which are planted to 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon. All of their Sauvignon Gris has been removed and replaced by Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

The vineyard averages about 25 years for the vines. The vine density is quite high, with some plantings as dense as 14,000 vines per hectare. The terroir is gravel with clay soils for most of the vineyard. There is a smaller parcel of vines with a cooler terroir and a bigger proportion of limestone which is where the grapes for the white wines are planted.

To produce the wine of Chateau La Garde, the red wine is whole berry fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks. The wine is aged in 35% new, French oak barrels for between 12 and 15 months.

The white wine of Chateau La Garde is vinified in barrels. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. After malolactic fermentation, the lees are removed and placed in tanks for one month, before being returned to any barrel that is deemed light. The wine is aged in 15% new, French oak barrels for 10 months.

There is a second wine, La Terrasse de La Garde. The average annual production of Chateau La Garde is close to 14,000 cases per year.

The best vintages of Chateau La Garde France are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005. Although it is important to note that there are vintages when the red wine is much better than the white wine, as well as years when the whites are better than the reds.

When to Drink Chateau La Garde, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Garde can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau La Garde is usually better with at least 3-6 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau La Garde offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau La Garde, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Garde is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau La Garde is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau La Garde is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese. The white wine of Chateau La Garde is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal, and cheese.

Château La Garde Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château La Garde Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Lemon peel, grapefruit, green apples and tangy yellow citrus combine to create a bright, energetic blast of citrus and spice that is fresh and refreshing. 91 Pts

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2020 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

The nose, with its combination of smoke, tobacco and red fruits leads you to a medium-bodied, fresh, fruity, forward, soft wine with a tobacco laden, core of chewy, red fruits and espresso from start to finish. Give this a few years in the cellar to develop more nuance and soften and it should be an even better wine. 89-91 Pts

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2019 Château La Garde Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Tangy, zesty and fresh with a bright, waxy lemon and grapefruit core of fruit on the nose and palate finishes nicely with an additional complexity of pineapple and orange zest. 91 91 Points

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2019 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

With a deep, ruby color, you find smoke, cigar box and red fruits with a hint of spice and earth on the nose. Medium-bodied and soft, with sweet, round red fruits on the palate, with just a hint of cocoa at the backend, give this a few years in the cellar. 89-91 Pts

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2018 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Round, fruity, soft and fresh with a spicy, tobacco laden, core of rich, chewy, red fruits and espresso from start to finish. Give this a few years in the cellar to develop more nuance and soften and it should be an even better wine. 91 Points

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Medium bodied, smoky with a touch of licorice, espresso and red fruits, the wine is round juicy and spicy with an olive tint on the palate and in the finish. 89-91 Pts

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2018 Château La Garde Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

Honeysuckle and pomelo with lemon chiffon on the palate will be perfect with fresh, grilled seafood this summer. 88 Points

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2017 Château La Garde Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Freshly squeezed grapefruit, honeysuckle and vanilla pop right out of the glass. The wine is fresh, crisp and refreshing. 90 Points

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2017 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 87

Herbal notes with olives and fresh red fruits are found here. This medium-bodied wine offers soft tannins and an elegant finish that should drink well on release. 87 Points

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2016 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Smoky red fruit, olive tapenade and earthy notes work well with the medium bodied, soft, elegant, silky smoke and tobacco finish. This is the best vintage of La Garde ever produced. Drink it on release or age it. 90 Points

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Soft, sweet, dark red fruits, earth and black cherries. The wine is sweet, fruity and fleshy with an open, dark, red fruit filled finish, with just a hint of peppery spice in the end note. 87 Points

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2016 Château La Garde Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 85

Waxy lemon and grapefruit on the nose is coupled with nutty pineapple notes in the round finish. Drink this on the young side. 85 Points

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2015 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Forward, fresh, earthy, dark cherry-filled wine with additional nuances of smoke, coffee and tobacco leaf on the nose and palate. Just a year or two will bring on more secondary character here. 90 Points

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2014 Château La Garde Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

Bright, fresh, forward and loaded with sweet, juicy, citrus and lemon peel, along with a touch of honey suckle, the wine is crisp and refreshing. 88 Points

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2014 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 87

Medium-bodied, bright, crisp, earthy, classicly styled wine which is better on the smoked cherry, tobacco leaf and herb-filled nose than on the bright, red currant palate. 87 Points

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2012 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 87

Medium bodied, fresh, early drinker with a spicy, smoky, earthy, red fruit character and a soft, ready to go finish. You can enjoy this young. 87 Points

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2011 Château La Garde Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

This wine features good acidity and notes of fresh honeydew, lemon and grapefruit with a refreshing citrus finish. 87-88 Pts

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2011 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 85

Earth, red berries, cassis and spice are present in this medium-bodied wine with a tannic, cassis-filled finish. 85-87 Pts

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2010 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

La Garde Utilizing 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, with a perfume of smoky blackberries and soil, this medium bodied wine offers round textures and finishes with a cassis and a hint of chocolate. This wine should offer pleasure early. 87-89 Pts

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2009 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 88

Easy drinking, smoky, polished, soft red and dark red fruits with hints of oak, this is a wine to drink on the young side. 88 Points

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2005 Château La Garde  (Pessac-Léognan) 89

Ready to drink charmer, round in texture and medium bodied, with a smoky, cherry, thyme, coffee and earthy essence. Popped and poured was all it needed. 89 Points

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