Chateau le Gardera 2016

Country
France
Region
Bordeaux Superieur
Producer
Chateau Gardera
Grape(s)
Merlot (60%)
Cabernet Sauvignon (40%)
Type
Red
Style
Smooth
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
13.5%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
No
Vegan
No
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

Bordeaux Superieur is an appellation which covers the whole of the Bordeaux region, from Verdon-sur-Mer at the north-western tip of the Medoc to Sainte-Foy, 80 miles (130km) to the east. Rather than being a sub-category of the generic Bordeaux appellation, Bordeaux Superieur is a title in its own right, specifically covering both red and white wines. The reds have a slightly higher alcoholic content than standard Bordeaux, are aged for longer in oak barrels (12 months minimum) and are produced from older vines. The whites are distinguished from standard white Bordeaux by their higher residual sugar levels, which make the wines anything from semi-sweet to liquoreux. Bordeaux Superieur wines are produced from the classic Bordelais grape varieties. The reds are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot (proportions vary according to vineyard locations), and generally tend to be a little richer and more complex than regular Bordeaux. They also, theoretically, offer better ageing potential, but this can be down to the winemaking. The whites are produced from Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Semillon and Muscadelle. They also tend to be a little more complex, due to the slightly lower maximum yields dictated by the Superieur production conditions. About a quarter of the vineyard coverage dedicated to AOC Bordeaux wine production is given over to Bordeaux Superieur. It is spread across the region, with a bias towards the areas north of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol where more location-specific

Producer

This super property is situated on the slopes below Chateau Tanesse, to the south of St Emilion, overlooking the River Dordogne. The actual chateau was donated by the Cordier family to become a children`s home, however the vineyards remain in their own right and the wine is made at Chateau Tanesse.
Tasting Notes
2015 in Bordeaux was a very good year, creating wines with excellent concentration which are forward in style and this Bordeaux Superieur is no exception. Busting full of ripe berry fruits with generous tannins, balanced acidty and a subtle toast and sweet spice character from 12 months ageing in French barrels. The vineyards have Haute Valeur certification which means that sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard.
Food
Ideal with lamb, beef and casseroles.