I created this infographics about Château de la Gardine (Châteauneuf du Pape), where I work, in preparation of a Masterclass and vertical tasting I will be doing in Paso Robles in three weeks for some leading wine professionals.
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In a nutshell:
- The vineyards of Château de la Gardine consist of 52 hectares (130 acres) located at the western side of Châteauneuf du Pape.
- Gaston Brunel purchased the property after the 2nd World War and now his two sons, grandchildren and grand grandchildren are involved in the business.
- The terroir is made of « galets roulés », mostly in the North, Urgonian limestone at the West and sand & clay in the South. Playing around a blend of these terroirs helps reach in a perfect balance between power, finesse and minerality in the wines.
- 93% of the vineyards are planted with red grape varieties, 7% with white.
- 6 « cuvées » of Châteauneuf du Pape are made in total: Tradition red, Tradition white, Générations Gaston Philippe red, Générations Marie Léoncie white, Peur Bleue & Immortelle.
- The cuvée Tradition red was the first Châteauneuf du Pape that was ever exported to the US West Coast back in the fifties.
- The unique bottle shape dates back to 1962 when Gaston Brunel found an old mouth-blown bottle in the cellar and had a mould made to reproduce it.