In the Lalande de Pomerol appellation, northeast of Bordeaux, in the Libourne area, Chateau Garraud is the main wine of the vineyard
Soil type. Located on the geological prolongation of the Pomerol plateau, varied soils (clay, gravel, clay-gravel).
Average age of vines. Around 30 years old
Vineyard management. Double Guyot pruning, bud removal, sustainable soil enrichment, leaf thinning, green harvesting if necessary, ploughing, managed grass cover, harvesting when the grapes reach perfect maturity.
Vinification. Plot selection, sorting of the harvested grapes, full destemming, fermentation in stainless steel temperature-controlled vats, control of the maceration process and vinification temperatures.
Ageing. In concrete tanks and barrels (of which around 1/3 are new barrels) in the underground barrel cellar. Fining if necessary.
Blend. The wines used for this “First Wine”, which only represents between 1/3 and 2/3 of the vineyard’s production, are selected for their fine quality and synergy. The blend is predominantly made up of Merlot (over 70%), complemented by Cabernet Franc and a small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tasting notes. Lovely dark appearance with orange tints. The nose opens with notes of strawberries and grilled
almonds. The palate is wide with a silky texture. Decanting is optional.
1 star Guide HACHETTE 2016 : deep purple colour and a reticent nose delivering subtle toasted notes upon aeration (from
the oak aging). Lovely full-bodied and round palate, with vanilla flavours and tannins that will soften with time. - France,
13,5-14/20 Le POINT : Red fruit aromas, with a round and supple mouthfeel, showing restraint. Needs some time in the
cellar, as it is still a bit closed.» France, September 2015.
GOLD Medal Gilbert & Gaillard : « Deep garnet color. Delicate aromas of vanilla and oak over a ripe fruit background. Soft,
juicy and round on the palate. Clean finish, great fruit-oak balance. A distinct Lalande personality that benefited from the oak aging. - France, 2015.