The wine displays a pronounced, attractive dark redcolor.
On the nose, aromas of preserved red fruits and figs intermingle with
delicate, perfectly integrated oaky notes. The rounded, generous
attack is affirmed by attractive weight on the palate, accompanied
by very ripe tannins and a concentrated finish. The 2009 vintage is
well-balanced and extremely complex, and reveals all the qualities
of a fine Pessac-Léognan. A benchmark vintage for La Garde.
Wine Spectator:Silky yet solid, this focused red delivers plenty of black cherry, currant, tobacco and spice flavors, with a firm texture, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity. The long finish carries toast, mineral and floral notes. Best from 2013 through 2023. 10,300 cases made. –TM
Robert Parker: Sexy black cherries, unsmoked cigar tobacco, hot rocks and roasted herbs all characterize this soft, lush, very fruity and enticing wine, which is mid-weight and ideal for drinking over the next 6-8 years.