2022 Château de la Gardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
The Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvée Tradition aoc is a blend of roussanne, clairette, grenache blanc and bourboulenc. The grapes come from the vineyards on the western side of the château. There is a lot of lime in the soil here, which provides a nice minerality to the wine. To maintain maximum freshness, the harvest takes place early, usually before September 15 - except for the late-ripening clairette. The grapes are picked by hand and thoroughly sorted. They are then pressed and fermented 70% in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 15 to 18 degrees. The rest of the grapes fermented in oak barrels. After fermentation, the wine continues to mature in oak barrels for six months. No malolactic fermentation takes place.
The Brunel family has been making terroir-type quality wines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for years. They make two styles of white Châteauneuf. The Cuvée des Générations Marie-Léoncie, a full, ripe wine from old Roussanne vines and the Cuvée Tradition, a fresh, youthful expression of Châteauneuf du Pape. A lively wine with a southern French spiciness, fine minerality and crisp acidity.
In the glass the wine has a light lemon yellow color. Fine, lively aromas of citrus, fennel, thyme and licorice on the nose. On the palate, the Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvée Tradition is fruity and spicy at the same time, an aromatic wine with crisp acidity. All in all, a very nice wine and a perfect accompaniment to monkfish with saffron sauce. Also delicious with goat cheese or Bresse chicken in cream sauce.
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
|Chateau de la Gardine
|Clairette, Grenache, Roussane
|Drinking as of
|Floral, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch