|Chateau La Galiane is a family-run property in the commune of Soussans. It is managed by Madame Christiane Renon, who represents the third generation. The names of the estate derives from the English general, Galian, who was prominent in Aquitaine during the 100 years war. The estate’s 5 hectares are planted with 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is over 50 years, among the oldest in the appellation, and some plants are over 100 years old. The high proportion of Merlot is unusual in the Medoc and it contributes to the warm, rich style of Ch. La Galiane.|
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|The quality at Ch. La Galiane starts in the vineyard. The soil consists of outcroppings of fine gravel on a clay-limestone base which facilitates fine drainage, leading to ripe, healthy fruit. Harvest is done by hand and a strict selection is carried out in the vineyard. A further triage is done at the winery using a sorting table. These measures ensure that only perfectly healthy fruit is vinified. The grapes are given a three week cuvaison with daily pumping over to ensure maximum extraction of fruit, aromas and color. The wine is assembled early in the new year and rests in barrels for 18 months. The barrels are 30% new; 30% one year; 30% two-years; and 10% three years old. Before bottling the wine is fined with fresh egg whites but is never filtered.|
Château La Galiane is a classic Margaux, combining richly satisfying flavors and finesse. The wine is ready to enjoy on release but can be cellared for up to ten years. Small family properties in Bordeaux rarely export to the USA, and this Château is an undiscovered gem.
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