2020 Château de la Gardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
The Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge Cuvée Tradition is a blend of grenache, mourvèdre, syrah and muscardin. The grapes come from four different terroirs. Part comes from a vineyard with the famous 'galets roulés' or boulders. This terroir gives the wine backbone and structure. The calcareous soils provide minerality in the wine. The sandy and clay soils give the wine finesse. The average age of the vines is between 40 and 60 years. The grapes are picked by hand and thoroughly sorted. Then they are crushed and they go into the fermentation tank together. At the beginning of the fermentation, the cap (the skins that float to the top) are regularly immersed. After fermentation, the wine remains in contact with the skins for another 5 to 10 days and is then transferred to concrete vats for malolactic fermentation. The wine then matures for 9 to 14 months, part of which in (used) oak barrels. The result is a beautiful Châteauneuf du Pape that can be kept for at least 10 to 15 years.
Château de la Gardine is a well-known player in the wine world. For years they have been internationally known for their terroir-typed Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 'Tradition' is an impressive wine. In the glass, the wine has a ruby red color. In the nose a great concentration of aromas. From blackberries and dried plums to licorice and spicy aromas of 'les garrigues'. On the palate, the Gardine Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge Cuvée Tradition is a full bodied wine with classic aromas of dark fruit and violets with an elegant structure, good acidity and a finish that lasts. Delicious with a t-bone steak with fried mushrooms.
The Brunel family's winemaking tradition dates back to the 17th century. Gaston Brunel, a famous merchant, bought 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 extends over 52 hectares of vineyards (48 hectares red and 4 hectares white) and 20 hectares of woodland, all surrounding the property. The domain is known for the quality of their wines and the unique Gardine bottle. Today, about 70% of production is exported to about 30 countries.
In 1998, the Brunel family saw the potential of the terroir in Lirac. The family therefore also bought Château Saint Roch with 40 hectares of land in Roquemaure where a selection of red, white and rosé wines is produced. It is Eve Brunel, who is also the oenologist for both La Gardine and St Roch, who runs the estate. Robert Parker once said “Don't underestimate the potential of the Brunel family's Château Saint Roch in Lirac. They make wines of an excellent price-quality ratio."
Today, the Brunel family returns to the trading tradition with "Brunel de le Gardine". They offer a wide range of wines from the Northern and Southern Rhone. Patrick Brunel chooses the best wines from each appellation using his trusting relationships with top growers in the region. The family uses all their knowledge and experience to blend and mature the wines, respecting the tradition and the characteristics of each terroir. The quality packaging, with the special Gardine bottle, is the signature of this fine selection of wines.
The Gardine bottle, original and elegant, was created by spontaneous coincidence. When Gaston Brunel first wanted to expand his cellar and dig in the ground, he found a very old mouth-blown bottle. He liked the shape, so he decided to bottle all his wine in a similar bottle. At first he couldn't find a manufacturer in France who could reproduce this bottle, it was that special. He had them made in Italy. Since 1964, all Gardine wines have been bottled in the unique bottle.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Region||Côtes du Rhone|
|Winery||Chateau de la Gardine|
|Grape||Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah-Shiraz|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|