About the Wine
The winemaking tradition of the Brunel familydates back to the 17th century. Gaston Brunel, a famous négociant, acquired the Château de la Gardine in Châteauneuf du Pape in 1945. The estate is now run by his two sons, Patrick and Maxime with the help of their wives Eve and Maryse and their children Marie-Odile and Philippe. The estate spreads over 52 ha of vineyards (48 ha of red and 4 ha of white) and 20 ha of forests, all gathered around the property. The domaine is famous for the quality of their wines and for the unique Gardine bottle. Today around 70% of the production is exported in about 30 countries.
The Gardine bottle, both original and elegant, is the result of a happy coincidence...
When he first wanted to expand his cellar, while digging in the ground, Gaston Brunel found a mouth-blown bottle. He loved it and decided to use a similar shape for all his wine. At the beginning, he had to go all the way to Italy to find a glass supplier that was able to make it. Since1964 all the wines have been bottled in the unique La Gardine shaped-bottle.
Red wine. Magnum bottle = 1.5 Liters.
Old vines are 90+ years old.
Chateau de la Gardine's classic 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape, has a youthful, lively feel to go with plenty of cassis, blackberry, toasted spice, licorice and chocolate. Pure, nicely balanced and with good acidity, it still shows some oak, but is drinking nicely. It should have another decade of longevity. The blend, aged mostly in 2- to 6-year-old barrels, is 70% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and the rest a mix of permitted varieties.~90 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
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