This property is named after the Gardera family, owners during the reign of King Louis XIV, but the current château was built under Napoleon III around 1850. Cordier, a Bordeaux wine merchant, acquired the property in 1951. Retaining the vineyards, the company ceded the château and its park to an association that there founded a hostel for schoolchildren and apprentices. Today, the property is in the hands of the Gonfrier family. Philippe and Eric Gonfrier seek to give full expression to this rich terroir year after year. Sitting atop a rocky spur overlooking the Garonne River, this estate offers one of the region’s most renowned views.
Le Gardera parcels are composed by clayey-gravelly soil with an excellent south-east exposure.DOWNLOAD THE TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION
A.O.C. : Bordeaux Supérieur
District : Langoiran
Vineyard surface area: 16 hectares
Terroir: Clayey-gravelly slopes
Grape varieties: 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Average vine age: 25 years
Viticulture: All 16 hectares of this estate have been organically grown since the 2010 vintage. Herbicides have been replaced by ploughing the soil. The vines are protected via preventive and natural methods, with the use of minerals such as copper and sulphur. This helps preserve the vineyard’s biodiversity. We pay particularly close attention to all “green pruning” operations, such as disbudding and thinning out the leaves, which are carried out manually. Shoots are carefully thinned out to encourage the homogeneous distribution and a proper aeration of the bunches.
Vinification: The harvested grapes are destemmed, crushed and vatted. The fermentations are then carried out during several weeks at controlled temperatures. All œnological practices are subject to the rules and regulations governing organic wines.
Ageing: Partially in French oak barrels and in tanks during one year.
Tasting notes:A lovely deep red colour. A fine nose with aromas of red berries. Supple, elegant and fruity in the mouth, with good ageing potential. The perfect accompaniment for white and red meats.
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