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31 January 2020




"... seventh and last of our portraits of those who give new impetus to the mythical name of Vaucluse.

Château de la Gardine

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Do you like family stories? Then, welcome to the Château de La Gardine. It all starts with Gaston Brunel. In 1947, he bought the building and the three-hectare vineyard, which was in a pitiful state at the time. He gradually restructured and enlarged it. A company that Maxime and Patrick, his two sons, will continue while accelerating the quality of the business.

Today, La Gardine has 54 hectares in the vineyard, 40 in Rasteau and the same in Lirac. Coming back to genealogy, Marie-Odile and Philippe, Maxime's children, joined the team a few years ago. Philippe is in charge of the vineyard. His sister is in charge of export sales. The latest arrival, Philippe's son Guillaume, took up his post in 2014: he follows the vinifications and purchases of wines that feed the trade created in 2007. To complete the family picture, we should mention Laure and Maguelone, Patrick's daughters, who are still students.

La Gardine is also a particular bottle shape that Gaston had discovered while excavating in the castel. A businessman at heart, he was the first in 1948 to establish Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the United States and in 1969 in Canada. A country which is still the first market of the castle. "Today, the challenge is to perpetuate this family adventure. We fight every day to achieve this! » by Marie-Odile Brunel. 

In the glass, the Tradition 2014 based on Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Muscardin vinified together is a model of balance, spicy, deep, with ripe and coated tannins. In white, the cuvée des Générations Marie Léoncie 2014, 100% Roussanne, is a small masterpiece with apricot, aniseed and gingerbread flavours. Very aromatic and refreshed by a beautiful minerality, it is surprisingly youthful. »


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