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 Ruisseau” is a wine produced with grapes from a cadastral parcel of the same name. On this very surveyed land hillsides flow many streams that draw space locally. This parcel of one hectare is ideal for the production of Sauvignon Blanc. Thanks to a silty clay soil structure on a plot in height and a northeast exposure, the grapes surprise by their freshness and bouquet.DOWNLOAD THE TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION
A.O.C. : Bordeaux dry white
Vineyard surface area: 1 hectare
Terroir: Clayey-silty slopes on limestone
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
Viticulture: The plot 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 Herbicides have been replaced by ploughing the soil.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: Cold maceration to extract the aromatics and traditional vinification with temperature control.
Ageing: Partially in French oak barrels and in tanks during one year.
Tasting notes:A slightly golden colour with brilliant reflection, the nose is powerful, there are exotic fruits note at first, then hints of quince complete the bouquet. The feel on the palate is large, lively and very long.
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