2015 Chateau La Garde

Year: 2015
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 89
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Jeff Leve: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"Solid, with a youthfully tight core of juicy blackberry and black currant paste flavors, wrapped with brambly grip and backed by twinges of tar and anise on the finish. Needs a touch of cellaring to unwind fully. Best from 2020 through 2030. 15,750 cases made. –JM " (WS)

The medium garnet-purple colored 2015 la Garde has an earthy nose with aromas of red currants, black cherries, pencil lead and bay leaves. Medium-bodied, fine and refreshing in the mouth, it features lifted red berries flavors and an earthy finish." (WA)

"Violet, dark-berry and stone aromas follow through to a medium to full body. Linear and very fine. Tight and fresh. Precise and beautiful. A serious young red. Drink in 2022." (JS)

"The 2015 La Garde offers lots Graves character in its blackcurrants, scorched earth, truffle and tobacco aromas, and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness, a ripe, rounded texture, and sweet tannin, it’s ideal for drinking over the coming decade or so. " (JD)

"This is a stylish wine, with acidity, firm tannins and layers of blackberry and black-currant fruits. A blend of almost equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, its richness comes from the ripe fruits and layered structure that now shows the beginnings of maturity. Drink from 2021. -Roger Voss" (WE)

"Forward, fresh, earthy, dark cherry-filled wine with additional nuances of smoke, coffee and tobacco leaf on the nose and palate. Just a year or two will bring on more secondary character here. 2779 Views Tasted Sep 23, 2019" (JL)


Astonishingly good and a remarkable bargain is the gut reaction I excitingly felt when I first tried this wine. If it is an omen of how great the 2015 vintage is, then what a fabulous year we have in store for us. This is a wine with real class and personality with wonderful aromas and tastes of dark currants and cassis along with a sturdy backbone enhanced by noticeable oak and that most appealing earthy and balanced tannic level one seeks in the better wines of the Pessac-Leognan area of the Graves section on Bordeaux.

Chateau La Garde belongs to the noted wine firm of Dourthe Freres and its estate covers approximately 120 acres producing about 16,000 cases a year. The cepage is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. This is truly a modest price gem that belongs in ones cellar. Certainly enjoyable now and I will predicate that it will even improve for another couple of years or so and keep very well into the mid to late 2020’s.

RATING: 93+ (compared to other

Bordeaux under $30 it well deserves a 97/98).

PRICE: $26.95 **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)