The vineyards hanging over the Rhône valley south and south-east of the domain take advantage of a temperate climate in comparison to the over-heated plateau.
The 52 hectare vineyard of Chateau de la Gardine has a terroir of gravel, loam,
limestone and pebble soil. The oldest vines were planted in 1925. 48 hectares
are planted for the production of red Chateauneuf du Pape wine. 4 hectares are
reserved for the white wine. The wines of Chateau de la Gardine are aged in a
combination of small, French oak barrels and foudres.
The various soils common to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation have allowed to select the most convenient plants; this is probably a key factor to the complex nature of La Gardine's wines. Old vine-plants are set to two thousand five hundred per 2.5 acre and new plants to four thousand (giving approx. 1100 liters per acre for red wines and 1300 liters for white wines on an average over 10 years).
1998, Chateauneuf du Pape - Chateau de la Gardine
An excellent wine: very full-bodied, supple, ripe, and well balanced; a wine with intense pepper and berry flavors, with hints of vanilla and herbs. Long, mildly tannic finish.
Rated 94 - Wine Spectator.
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