Chateau La Fleur Garderose 2016 Bordeaux Rouge AOC
Item Number: 11565
Sub Region: Right Bank
Appellation/AVA: Bordeaux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Terroir: The Pueyo family works 3 hectares of vineyards outside of St.-Emilion in Julliac to make this wine. The vineyards here are a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Winemaking Notes: The cellar work for Château La Fleur Garderose is straightforward. The wine undergoes roughly a week long cold maceration with little to no pigeage and pumping over. Fermentation occurs with wild yeast in concrete tanks over 3 weeks. The wine matures in concrete for 12 months until bottling. Very little sulfur – typically about 6 grams – is added to the wine during elevage.
Tasting Notes: The wine is quite serious, with warm earthy fruit on the nose, but a great deal of fresh fruit on the palate. This Bordeaux is structured and shows a firm mineral backbone and great length on the palate.
Vintage Notes: "The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For so many wines and estates, 2016 is an epic vintage." - Vinous 1/18/2019
Featured in the Food & Wine article "Bargain Bordeaux for the Bird" 11/2018
"Organic grapes, natural yeasts, and minimal sulfur push this earthy Bordeaux to the edge of the natural wine movement but not so far that it becomes weirdly funky. Instead, its vibrant fruit is impossible to resist."