>> Wednesday, 18 August 2010
white wine barrel cellar chateau la garde pessac leognan graves bordeaux france
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Chateau la Garde, Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Chateau la Garde is an estate in the Pessac-Leognan area of the Graves district in Bordeaux, France. It belongs to one of Bordeaux's biggest négociant firms: Vins et Vignobles Dourthe CVBG (now part of the Thiénot Champagne group). Dourthe bought La Garde in 1990 and has since invested heavily in the winery and in the vineyards.
Chateau la Garde has 45 hectares of vineyards planted with both red and white grape varieties. For the red wines they use merlot (64%), cabernet sauvignon (29%), cabernet franc (4.5%) and petit verdot (2.5%); and for the white wines they use sauvignon blanc and sauvignon gris in equal parts. The soil in the vineyards are classic gravel and sand as is often the case in the Graves region. They are making some interesting experiments with very high density plantations (well over 10,000 vines per hectare).
The chai (vat hall) is modern, filled with state-of-the-art stainless steel tanks with temperature control, sorting table etc. After fermentation the wine is aged in wood (oak barriques) underground for a certain time. The consumer can be happy that Chateau la Garde is not in the Pessac-Léognan classification system so can be enjoyed at an affordable price.
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Bordeaux Graves Chateau la Garde - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson
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