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Blissful Blaye

Bordeaux lovers take heed. Want to drink classic, top notch Bordeaux for a pittance? Look no further than the 2015 Roland La Garde proudly offered here. This could be one of the best, affordable Bordeaux made. Call it a Sleeper, Best Kept Secret, whatever you will but this wine delivers in spades every year. Add in the Great 2015 Vintage and you have classic on your hands for most people charge for SWILL!



Located on the beautiful lands of the northern Gironde at Blaye, Château Roland La Garde is located in the Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. A beautiful mansion rebuilt in the nineteenth century overlooking the vineyard. A few steps, Roland’s hillock monitors the vines such as an ancestral vineyard keeper. The land of Château Roland La Garde is marked of history and gives to the men who cultivate it the will of excelling. Terroir, tradition and great wine blend well in this place. Bruno Martin, in continuation of what was started by his father, Olivier, was able to take full advantage of this vineyard which offered numerous predispositions. Nature of the soil, sunshine and a name to defend. This legacy of seven generations has a sense only if you appropriate it and this is what Bruno Martin did. Today, his son Guillaume, 8th generation, helps him and want to continue the work of their lands.

*2015 Chateau Roland La Garde
Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux
$16.99btl/$183.49 per case
(Jim Sirna 94)

I have been drinking this wine for as long as I can remember and don’t let the modest price fool you, this wine is capable of aging for 20 years and providing pleasure well beyond the humble price. The normal blend is around 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet sauvignon and 10% Malbec. Behind the deep purple robe, almost black, we discover a nose combining red fruits brought by the Merlot, floral notes provided by the Malbec and smooth tannis from the Cabernet.. After a sweet attack packed with lush ripe red and black fruits the round and full flesh reveals a well balanced structure, marked by toasted notes, which extends into a finish that is both complex and long. GRAND VIN!