2021 Château de la Gardine Brunel de la Gardine Crozes-Hermitage Rouge
The syrah grapes come from several vineyards from AC Crozes Hermitage. After harvesting, the grapes are destemmed and crushed. After harvesting, fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. Each terroir is vinified separately, the blending takes place after the malolactic fermentation. The wine then matures for twelve months in oak barrels. The result is a powerful wine, which gives pleasure at the table with Oriental dishes with herbs and lamb, but which you can also keep for another 5 to 7 years.
In the glass, the Brunel de la Gradine has a beautiful ruby red color with a purple glow. In the nose, the wine has intense aromas of red and black fruit (plums, blackberries and blueberries), supplemented with licorice, leather and something meaty. In the mouth, the wine is full bodied and powerful, but also supple due to the ripe, soft tannins. The smell continues in the taste with a pepper in the aftertaste. The wine (like many red wines) should not be drunk too hot. 15-16℃ is perfect. The wine goes well with Game, but also very tasty with Moroccan lamb with apricot, almonds and mint. 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. They carry the Rhône and Hermitage wines under Brunel de la Gardine
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|
|Winery||Chateau de la Gardine|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Flexible, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|