“Balasto,” named for its perfectly draining granitic soils, is the “Grand Vin” of Garzón, and has already caused a sensation as the first Uruguayan wine to be sold alongside the crus classés on the Place de Bordeaux. All of the estate’s resources are brought to bear to usher this wine into this echelon.
James Suckling said it’s “very bright and aromatic with blackberry, black licorice and spice. Hints of sweet tobacco. Full body, yet reserved and extremely polished and reserved. 45% Tannat, 25% Cabernet Franc, 20% Marselan and 10% Petit Verdot. A new benchmark for Uruguay. Better in 2020 but amazing now.”
Blessed with pristine views of the Atlantic, an unspoiled ecosystem, and dusty, charismatic back streets, the Punta del Este zone of Uruguay is very quickly becoming a new Côte d’Azur for discerning travelers of means. Nearby, wine entrepreneur Alejandro Bulgheroni established Bodega Garzón, a sustainable, earth-friendly wine estate, restaurant, and private club. Wind and solar power provide 40% of the property’s energy needs, and world-renowned chef Francis Mallman is the Ambassador and Culinary Director for the estate. Quite simply, no expense has been spared to make this winery a showpiece of the southern hemisphere. Blessed with fast-draining granite sands called “balasto,” these rolling hills are heaven for wine grapes, especially Tannat. We were also thrilled to discover some delightful reds like Petit Verdot and Marselan, as well as award-winning Albariño that is some of the best made outside of Spain. We invite you to experience just how sumptuous and luxurious Uruguayan wine can be!