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Producer Guide: Chateau Gardour (Bordeaux, France)

Château Gardour, often known as Château Moncets, is situated in the Lalande-de-Pomerol AOC, in the village of Néac, literally on the edge of the boundary with Pomerol. The the combination of clay, sand and silt based soils here often produce better wines than those that are more sand based in Pomerol.

It's an impressive site. A grand nineteenth-century château, which is fairly unusual for the appellation, indeed the whole right bank. There are 40 hectares that now boast vines upwards of 40 years old and these are now giving complex wines.

Today the estate is run by the 5th generation owner, Louis-Gabriel de Jerphanion. His hands on approach and winemaking philosophy ensures that yields are kept low and thew wines are made with a traditional fermentation using indigenous yeasts. This takes place in a combination of temperature controlled stainless s


Lalande-de-Pomerol AOC 2010 by Chateau Gardour With seven years of age to it, it's now at it is peak and captures all the enjoyment of good right bank claret. Juicy but still fresh, lots of cassis and plum, some smoke and leather and a balanced finish. One of the more impressive wines of the appellation I would suggest. (April 2017)