2018 Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan

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  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2032
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan


The 2018 la Garde is deep garnet-purple colored and reveals vibrant black cherries, mulberries and warm cassis scents with hints of bay leaves and chocolate box. Medium-bodied with loads of juicy fruit and bags of freshness, it is softly textured and finishes with a peppery kick.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)

The La Garde vineyard has one north-facing gravel slope and one south-facing clay-limestone slope, giving the estate a good balance of ripening dates in most vintages. In another sign of how unusual 2018 was, both Cabernet and Merlot on these different slopes ripened at the same time, so they were co-fermented in one tank. Unusual for sure, but the result is excellent. They do such a good job here of making accessible but polished and elegant Pessacs. This is smooth, ripe and welcoming, with a seductive expansion through the mid-palate that emphasises the creamy texture of the fruits. Definitely as good as the 2016, maybe better.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)

This is a wonderful young red with crushed blackberry and blueberry character. Full-bodied yet agile and very velvety. Flavorful finish. A beauty. 10 per cent co-fermented cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)

The 2018 La Garde is a powerhouse. Dark stone fruit, leather, spice and scorched earth notes give La Garde its distinctly brooding, savory personality. Rich and deep on the palate, this super-expressive Pessac Léognan has so much to offer.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)