From a 96pt Vintage (WA) where Pessac-Leognan was the star of the Left Bank, this is a wine to stockpile for both short and longer-term drinking.
Located south of Bordeaux center sits one of the appellation's finest gravel outcrops. Château La Garde was one of the first vineyard estates to make a conscious commitment to preserve and protect the natural environment and adopt integrated viticulture. It is now "Terra Vitis" certified which is an approach resulting in the production of premium quality grapes, mindful of both man and the environment. Powerful and revealing intense color, the red wines of Château La Garde Pessac-Léognan are well-structured and concentrated, and ideal for aging. Round, supple and alluring, the wines reflect the elegance and finesse of the terroir and today feature among the elite of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. At a fraction of the price of a more famous winery in the area, Ch. Pape Clement, this wine is a steal.
Violet, dark-berry and stone aromas follow through to a medium to full body. Linear and very fine. Tight and fresh. Precise and beautiful. A serious young red. Drink in 2022. ~ 93 James Suckling
This is a stylish wine, with acidity, firm tannins, and layers of blackberry and black-currant fruits. A blend of almost equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, its richness comes from the ripe fruits and layered structure that now shows the beginnings of maturity. Drink from 2021. ~92 Wine Enthusiast
Solid, with a youthfully tight core of juicy blackberry and black currant paste flavors, wrapped with brambly grip and backed by twinges of tar and anise on the finish. Needs a touch of cellaring to unwind fully. Best from 2020 through 2030. 15,750 cases made. ~91 Wine Spectator
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