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Producer: Domaine St DamienGrape Varieties: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet FrancOptimum Drinking: Within 15 yearsWine Style: Complex, silky rounded redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Presentation of the estate
Château La Patache was acquired in 2012 by Peter Kwok and his son Howard. Mr Kwok is a real right bank lover and Patache is one of his three estates as he is also the owner of Château Haut Brisson and Château Tour Saint Christophe, both in Saint Emilion. "Patache" is the locality's name. It was an old way station on the road between Bordeaux and Lyon. At the end of the 19th century, the great potential of the Saint-Emilion and Pomerol wines was dicovered. Thanks to this revelation, "La Patache" became a single Château with its own identity. The old post office became the Château. The stables were transformed into cellars. Château La Patache is a small estate, but its unique terroir is very qualitative with soils that boast huge variety and complexity, including fine gravels with iron-rich clay in the subsoil. The vineyard is 3.5 hectares spread over nine plots with 1 hectare facing the famous Château Clinet.
Vine Age : 28 years with a density of 5,500 vines/hectare
Harvest : Hand picked
"Vinification intégrale" method. The entire vinification process takes place in the barrel and the aromatic potential of the grapes is completely preserved. This unusual method in Bordeaux gives aromatic wines which are rounder, with more volume, more fat, more complexity and with a silkier finish.
The Château La Patache 2014 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It has a very precise nose: lovely control of the fruit here, blackberry and raspberry interlaced with truffle. The palate is medium bodied with ripe tannins, a little toasty in style, but balanced with a creamy finish. Two years in bottle will allow the flavours of the wine to settle. The wines from this chateau are expected to go from strength to strength.
Food & Wine Pairing
Serve with grilled lamb, roasted pigeon, game or cheeses. Serve between 16°C and 18°C.
From 2 to 15 years reflecting the above notes. After this period, the wine will show more mature characteristics.
Gold Medal Paris 2016 Gold Medal - Mondial Brussels 2016
James Suckling : 90-91 Neal Martin : 88-90
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