The story of Chateau Gardut Haut Cluzeau is as classic as the wine. It was founded just before the French Revolution by Jean Arnaud. He was a small farmer who hired out his services to vineyard owners, mostly the church and royalty, to tend their grapes. But, he wasn't paid in currency. He was paid in the wines that were made from them.
After the revolution, people like Arnaud were given land in payment for their services and many, like the ch?teau for our selection, is still in the hands of their descendants. The current owner, Denis Lafon, is a direct descendent of Arnaud.
Our selection comes from one of the best kept secrets in Bordeaux, the Cotes de Blaye. It is just across the river from Pauillac where three of the five First Growth Bordeaux reside. It's no accident that there are similarities in flavors, but none in the prices attained.
In 2017, Lafon converted the 110-acre ch?teau to totally organic farming and received such accreditation in 2020. Like many of the wines from his famous neighbors, the mix here is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of the vines is 30 years, which means they are at the peak of their production.
The grapes are crushed in very cold temperatures to bring out the color and structure and then aged for a year in barrels, 20% of which is new. The result is a classic wine, sporting nuanced fruit with silky tannins able to equally match a chateaubriand with wild mushrooms.