James Suckling 90
"I like the aromas of currants, green peppercorn, dried rose petals and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, linear and tangy with nice acid/tannin balance. Fresh finish. Give it a year to soften. Drink in 2019." Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic
"This cuve of Chteau Roland La Garde is a typical wine from the terroirs of Ctes de Blaye. Composed primarily of Merlot and completed with Cabernet Sauvignon it is a very nice easy wine to enjoy and consume up to 10 years." ~ Winery Notes
Varieties : 80 Merlot - 20 Cabernet Sauvignon
Age of the Vines : 20 years old average
Vinification : Cold maceration 3 to 5 days before fermentation - Pumping over everyday - Temperature control by thermoregulation - Natural fermentation with natural yeasts.
Aging : 2/3 in barrels for 12 months + 1/3 in vat for 12 months
Aging Potential : 5 to 10 years
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A beautiful mansion rebuilt in the nineteenth century overlooking the vineyard. A few steps, Roland's hillock monitors the vines such as an ancestral vineyard keeper. The land of Château Roland La Garde is marked of history and gives to the men who cultivate it the will of excelling. Terroir, tradition and great wine blend well in this place. Bruno Martin, in continuation of what was started by his father, Olivier, was able to take full advantage of this vineyard which offered numerous predispositions. Nature of the soil, sunshine and a name to defend. This legacy of seven generations has a sense only if you appropriates it and this is what Bruno Martin did. Today, his son Guillaume, 8th generation, helps him and want to continue the work of their lands.
Château Roland La Garde now covers 29 hectares with vines of an average of twenty years old on a clay-limestone terroir. Cultivating 74 % of Merlot , 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec, these varieties allow to produce a range of 3 red wines.
In conversion since 2008, certifications for organic farming are obtained in 2012 and those for biodynamics in 2014 with the Demeter label for all of our wines. Working on biodynamics, both in the winery and in the vineyard, following Maria Thun's calendar, brought us a wealth preservation and improvement of our soils and a strengthening of the interaction plant / soil. The results of this work are felt in wine tastings where we find a better aromatic expression and a characteristic minerality and purity brought by this work in biodynamics.