Chateau Unang La Gardy 2011

La Gardy 2011Grape Varieties : Grenache 80%,  Syrah 15%, Roussanne 5%. Yields of 15-20hl/hectare, hand-picked.

Tasting Notes : Sublime. The Roussanne adding to the softness of the Grenache.  It is very expressive and overflowing with ripe, gentle tannins. The sweetness of the Grenache storms though with a touch of mocha as part of the salty finish. It is unctuous but the freshness of Unang keeps it from being heavy.

Terroir : The top terraces at Unang, up to 350 metres,  provide the grapes for La Gardy (which is only made in the best years). The sandy soil contributes to the approachability of the Grenache, and the clay to the grip of the Syrah. Their differing aspects, fanned by the Mistral wind, leads to ripe, clean fruit.

Wine-making : La Gardy is a tiny selection of the most interesting wines from the year aged in demi-muid for 16 months. It has been both Grenache and Syrah dominant, depending on which variety comes out on top in the vintage. Usually a hint of white is also in the blend.

Notes : Fewer than r,ooo bottles made. Drinking from 2014 with 10+ years to enjoy it. A stand-out wine. Serve at room temperature or cooler (c. 15ºC).

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