Gardine has been run by the Brunel family since 1948. Gaston recently passed the estate down to his two sons, Patrick and Max. This particular cuvee is a tribute to Gaston and his father Philippe.
They practice organic farming, vinify with indigenous yeasts, use low sulfur, and cultibeehives throughout their property.
Chateau de la Gardin
'Cuvee des Generations' 1998
(Chateaneuf du Pape, Rhone, France)
This started off rich, dense, and bold, with an inky dark color that masked its age. Over the course of the night this opened up into mushrooms, leather, meat, and underbrush.
One of the most interesting features is the shape of the bottle-- it is a cylinder with three loosely defined sides. Gaston began releasing his wines in this bottle in 1964. His inspiration was a very old bottle buried near his winery that he found during a cellar expansion. The family has the bottles made in Italy, because none of the domestic bottle makers have the capabilities to produce this type of bottle.