First - the good news - the 2009 Château La Garde behaved really fine. A classic Bordeaux that have some modernistic touched but still manage to display its terroir.
But the sad news is that the 1949 that was supposed to the partner in a Then & Now post, was broken when the (wet...) package arrived. I got a refund so there was no problem but it sadly was their last bottle.
So here comes the 2009 La Garde on its own.
2009 Château La Garde
A medium big, open, fine nose with notes of red and black currants, warm tiles, dark fudge, forest floor and a touch of iron. Very well put together. Very, very good. It deepens with air and shows more earthy notes. On day three it was equally good.
The taste is cool, tight and medium bodied with notes of red and black currants, cherries, coffee powder, leather and some caramel notes. The sandy tannins give a fine support to the sweet fruit. It becomes cooler and more Bordeaux typical with some hours in the decanter. Long and fine. This should turn on really nice in 5-8 years time. The taste alike on day three. For 32 Euro it is a bargain.
91p (tasted 2013/06)