Appearance : pale lemon-green
Château de la Gardine
Châteauneuf-du-Pape - White
FRUITY & CRISP
The roundness of white Châteauneuf and the minerality of our Urgonian limestone soils.
Nose : the wine expresses some fine and lively aromas of citrus, thyme and verbena, as well as some delicately spiced notes of liquorice and fennel.
Palate : It is deliciously crisp, round and aromatic with a crisp finish.
Advice from the sommelier : Best served at 10°C. To be paired with Summer Brandade Ravioli or Patrick's scrambled eggs with truffles ("brouillade")...
Grape varieties : 50% Roussanne, 20% Grenache blanc, 20% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc
Harvest : Harvest Early (usually before September 15th) to preserve maximum freshness, except for the late ripening Clairette. 100% hand harvest into small baskets with thorough sorting of the grapes.
Terroir : The white vines are mostly on Urgonian limestones located on the Western side of the estate. This provides wines with excellent minerality.
Winemaking : The grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press right after the harvest. After cold settling, around 70% of the grapes ferment in stainless steel tanks at 15 to 18°C, the rest in 225 litres barrels. The wine ages for 6 months in new oak barrels and vats. There is no malolactic fermentation and the wine is slightly filtered before bottling.
Potential of ageing : Best to drink now, but can age 2 to 3 years for an evolution towards some more roundness and some waxy and honey aromas.
2020 - Decanter Wine Magazine (Oct 2021) 93/100
Jeb Dunnuck 89/100
2019 - Jeb Dunnuck 92/100
2018 - Jancis Robinson (2019) 17/20
Jeb Dunnuck 92/100
2017 - Jancis Robinson (2018) 17/20
Jeb Dunnuck 91/100
2016 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Oct 2015) 91/100
Jeb Dunnuck 89-91/100
2015 - Vinous – Josh Raynolds (Dec 2016) 91/100
Guide Hachette (2018)
2014 - Guide Hachette (2017)
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Oct 2015) 92/100
2013 - Guide Hachette (2016) 15/20 2012 - Jancis Robinson (Jan 2014) 16/20
Concours des Vignerons Indépendants : Or/Gold
2011 - Jancis Robinson (Feb 2013) 16/20
Guide Hachette (2014)
2010 - Jancis Robinson (Dec) 17.5/20
2009 - Jancis Robinson (Nov 2010 ) 16/20
2006 - Jancis Robinson (Jan 2008) 16.5/20
2004 - Jancis Robinson (Jan 2006) 16.5/20
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Feb 2014) 91/100
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