The quality at Château 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 two years. The barrels are 30% new; 30% one year; 30% two-years; and 10% three year 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.
About the Producer
Château 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 domaine owns 5 hectares 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 Médoc and it contributes to the warm, rich style of its Margaux.
Farming practices: the soils are plowed and cultivated by hand. No herbicides are used. In February, a tractor passes through the rows with a plow that turns over the soil and grass. The mound of soil, composed of fine gravel and clay over a clay-limestone subsoil, that is under the vines is flattened out by hand. After this operation, pruning and vine-training begins for the next vintage.
Château La Galiane