2021 Château de la Gardine Brunel de la Gardine Vacqueyras Rouge
Château de la Gardine Vacqueyras Rouge is a typical Rhône blend, made from grenache, syrah and mourvèdre. The grapes come from pebble soils, which contain some lime here and there. After harvesting, the grapes are crushed and fermented. The fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks for 8 to 10 days. The wine then matures at a temperature of 13 to 15 degrees for 12 to 18 months. The result is a typical Rhône wine with ripe fruit, sweet spices and herbs from the garrigues.
In the glass, the Vacqueyras Rouge aoc 'Brunel de la Gardine' has a ruby red color. In the nose, first of all, red fruit, but such as raspberry and Christmas, but with some waltzes, there are also notes of licorice and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is round and mouth-filling, bursting with ripe fruit and silky tannins. Typical Rhône with red fruit, spiciness and sweet spices. Long, lively finish. Highly recommended with guinea fowl, with stuffed tomatoes with lamb and black olive tapenade.
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||Dry, Fruity, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Flexible, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Voor alledag|