Chateau La Prade Cotes de Francs Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau La Prade Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Nicolas Thienpont acquired Chateau La Prade from Thierry Valette. Located in the Cotes de Francs appellation, which at 450 hectares is the smallest of the recognized communes, the 6 hectare vineyard of La Prade has a unique terroir riddled with shells of small marine invertebrates, known as ‘astéries’ in French. Half of the La Prade vineyard is made of that type of limestone, coupled with various different types of clay and iron.
The remaining portion of the La Prade vineyard is set on the hillsides. The terroir is filled with black mica and iron that give the wine a sense of minerality. The vines are planted to a density of 6,500 vines per hectare. 90% of the vines are Merlot while the remaining 10% consists of Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is progressively replanted at higher densities. In fact, it has moved from 5,500 to 6,500 vines over the past decade! The vines are old. On average, they are 40 years of age! Debudding, deleafing, and crop-thinning are all practiced as is sustainable viticulture. When you think about it, that is a lot of work for a value priced, Bordeaux wine.

At Chateau La Prade, they use whole berry fermentation; 30 to 35-day cuvaison in cement tanks with regular punching down of the cap. Malolacitc fermentation is performed in barrel. The wine is aged on its lees for the first six months, but without stirring. to give you an idea of how much effort is put into the search for quality of these wines, these are just some of the normal process that takes place at this Right Bank estate.  The wine of Chateau La Prade is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for about 15 months.

Chateau La Prade is a contender for one of the top wines from the Cotes de Francs appellation. The wine of La Prade offers good character coupled with the ability to age and evolve for a fair price. That’s a perfect combination for Bordeaux wine and consumers seeking value priced wines.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2012 Château La Prade

    1. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc – A kiss of oak touches dark red berries with an earthy, easy-to-like personality that will make this easy to drink on release. 87-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price: ($13.41)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  2. 2011 Château La Prade

    1. Fresh black cherry and licorice in an approachable, soft, easy drinking style

      87 points - Tasted
    2. Blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers smoke, a strong sense of minerality, cherry and earth with chalky tannins. This wine from Nicolas Thienpont should offer pleasure after 2-3 years in the bottle. 88-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price: ($14.9)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  3. 2010 Château La Prade

    1. Already showing truffle and tobacco scents, along with fresh berries, the wine is structured, tannic, beefy and concentrated. Give it a few years to soften and continue its development.

      87 points - Tasted
    2. Deep color, spice, black plum and spice, this full bodied wine finishes with a blast of ripe, black plum jam and blackberries. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
    3. La Prade is filled with cassis, black cherry and licorice. Concentrated, and easy to like, this wine from Nicolas Thienpont should offer pleasure early. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price: ($20.86)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  4. 2009 Château La Prade

    1. Bottled late May and produced from 100% Merlot, the perfume offers scents of oak, licorice, plum and jammy black raspberries. Full bodied, soft textured and packed with sweet, juicy plums, vanilla, black cherry, pepper and cassis, this is a delicious wine.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. 2009 La Prade is 100% merlot. This small property used optical laser sorting for the first time. With soft, elegantly round textures coupled with minerals, blackberries, and licorice, the wine ends with a nice display of juicy plums. The best La Prade I’ve ever tasted. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price: ($22.2)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  5. 2008 Château La Prade

    1. 08 La Prade from Nicolas Thienpont, along with help from Stephane Derenoncourt is a steal. Ripe, spicy blackberry fruit is everywhere in this wine. It will offer its charm at a young age. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price: ($22.35)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  6. 2005 Château La Prade

    1. From a blend 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this delicious wine is showing great! Licorice, earth, jammy blackberries, dark cherry and a hint of vanilla make up the perfume. Lush, round, soft and mouth filling with a licorice, chocolate and plum filled finish, there is no reason to wait on opening this wine. 2005 La Prade represents what great, Bordeaux value wine is all about.

      91 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price: ($25.16)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  7. 2003 Château La Prade

    1. Clearly fading, the nose is better than the palate with its truffle and tobacco scented perfume. I’d drink this sooner than later.

      85 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price: ($16.28)  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
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