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  • Château Le Gardera

Château Le Gardera

Bordeaux Supérieur rouge

This property is named after the Gardera family, owners during the reign of King Louis XIV, but the current château was built under Napoléon 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.


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A.O.C : Bordeaux Supérieur rouge


District : Langoiran


Vineyard surface area : 60 hectares


Terroir : Clayey-silty soil


Grape varieties : 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon


Average vine age : 20 years


Viticulture : Traditional Bordeaux-style vine training, with two canes and a flat arch. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Manual “green pruning”, for a homogeneous distribution and proper aeration of the grape bunches. Mechanical grape harvesting.
Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys Haute Valeur Environnementale (“High Environmental Value”) certification.


Vinification : Destemming, crushing and vatting. Cold pre-fermentation maceration during 72 hours, to delicately extract colour and fruitiness. Fermentation and maceration in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled tanks during 20 days on average.


Ageing : 12 months in French-oak barrels.


Tasting notes :
A wonderfully round and charming wine. Its lovely purplish red colour and its berry aromas lend it excellent equilibrium. Its strong character, full of flavour and nervy when young, mellows with age.


Medals & Awards:

2015 vintage

  • Gold Medal, Concours Général Agricole Paris 2017
  • James Suckling : 90/100
  • WineEnthusiast : 90/100
  • Wine Spectator : 87/100

2016 vintage

  • Silver Medal, Concours Général Agricole Paris 2018