Avec sa bouteille gravée unique « Château de la Gardine » c’est 54 hectares majoritairement de vieilles vignes, plantées sur les coteaux exposés plein Sud, à l’Ouest du village de Châteauneuf-du-Pape, “la Gardine” fait partie des domaines les plus anciens de l’appellation. Son terroir est d’une exceptionnelle diversité avec des sols tantôt argilo-sablonneux, calcaires urgoniens ou de galets roulés. Cette propriété est entourée d’une vingtaine d’hectares de bois et de garrigues nécessaires à l’écosystème de notre vignoble travaillé en lutte raisonnée.
A plus de 30kms à l’extrême Nord Est du Vaucluse sur les communes de Rasteau, Roaix et Buisson se trouvent environ 49 hectares. Là, le terroir est plus accidenté, principalement argileux et plus tardif. Le suivi des vignes est identique à celui de Châteauneuf et les raisins (75% Grenache, 25% Syrah) récoltés à la main sont vinifiés au Château de la Gardine en Cru Rasteau et Côtes du Rhône Villages.
With its unique engraved bottle, 54 hectares of old vines located on the South-West facing hill side of Châteauneuf-du-Pape village, “Château de la Gardine” is one of the oldest classified vineyard of our Appellation.
Our vines are cultivated with meticulous care : blessed by the Mistral wind, very well drained soil, and an adapted canopy management, we use as less chemical as possible, we also have 49 hectares located in Rasteau appellation harvested by hand and vinified at the Château de la Gardine (75% Grenache 25% Syrah)
Les cuvées présentées
Brunel de la Gardine
65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
Terroir: various soils from the SOUthern Rhone area give this wine a perfect balance: sediments, alluvial soils , granitic limestones, stones
Vinification: traditional vinification, fermentation and controlled temperature in stainless steel vats. Long maceration. Ageing in cement vats.
Tasting: Colour: garnet with a bright. Violet rim. Nose: shows the typical aromas of the region: red fruit. Earthy notes, sweet spice. Palate: juicy, supple and very well balanced. An easy drinking wine that will please all crowds.
Château de la Gardine Cuvée Tradition
60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Muscardin
Terroir: age of the wines:40-60 years. The vines are located on three different types of soils: Alpine Diluvian large round stones giving the wines backbone and structure; Urgonian limestones, essential for minerality and Sandy-clay soils from the Miocene, for finesse and elegance. The plurality of these terroirs give the wines both very good balance and complexity.
After having undergone an extremely thorough selection on the sorting table, which is the key stage at la Gardine for the future quality of the wine, the grapes are cooled down. Chateau de la Gardine is one of the last remaining estates in Chateauneuf du Pape to blend grapes before vinification, which is the traditional way of making wine in the region. A synergy between the varieties arises during the winemaking. While Grenache is the heart of the lixture, Syrah enhances wonderfully the aromatic potential. Moreover, Syrah neutralizes the tendency towards ppremature exidation of the Grenache grapes. The final balance of the wine would not be nearly as good if the different varieties of grapes were fermented separately and only mixed later on. Usually all the stalks are removed, but some can sometimes be left according the the ripeness of the stalks and the grapes the cap of grape skins is treaded down twice at the beginning of alcoholic fermentation, follwoed by recirculation in large stainless steel tanks. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine remains on the dregs for another 5-10 days and is then transferred by gravity into concrete barrels for malolactic fermentation. Depending on the harvest, the ine ages during 9 to 14 months, 60% in vats and 40% in 1 to 6 year-old 225 litre oak barrels.
Tasting: velvety tannins soften down by the bottle ageing. On the palate, distinctive notes of tobacco and leather.
Château Saint-Roch Cuvée Tradition
50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre
Terroir: The vines are located on two diffrenet types of soils: some stony sandy-clay soils in a way similar to the ones found in Chateauneuf du Papa, which provide wines with good backbone and complexity; some andy filrtering soils, on the slopes at the back of the Moun Genies. Perfect for white, rose and lighted style red, giving some finesse and supple tannins.
Vinification: destemming of the grapes. The harvest is blended before fermentation, process used by only a very few estates nowadays, allowing each grape variety to express its potential better than if fermented alone. Maceration and alcoholic fermentation take place at controlled temperatures. The wine matures in concrete vats with very few racking during 10 months.
Tasting: the wine is generous, expressing lots of red berries and black cherry notes on a smooth structure.
Château de la Gardine
75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
Terroir: The vines are located on steep slopes on three different types of soils: Calcareous brown soil; Skeletal soil on marl; red soil and sandstone.
Vinification: 100% hand harvest into small baskets. The grapes are thoroughly sorted on a sorting table and fully destemmed. The grapes are blended, then they macerate at low temperatures before alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats. . the wine then ages in cement and stainless steel vats.
Tasting: colour, deep garnet with a purple rim. Nose