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Nicolas Thienpont acquired Chateau La Prade from Thierry Valette. If the Valette name sounds familiar to you, it should as the Valette family are the owners of Chateau Troplong Mondot in St. Emilion. Chateau La Prade, located in the Cotes de Francs appellation. The Cotes de Francs, at 450 hectares is the smallest of the recognized Bordeaux appellations.
Chateau La Prade Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 6 hectare vineyard of La Prade has a unique terroir riddled with shells of small marine invertebrates that are known as ‘astéries’ in French. The asteries limestone found in their terroir is the hardest type of limestone and is often user for building, especially in St. Emilion, because of its durability and beauty. Half of the La Prade vineyard is made of that type of limestone, coupled with various different types of clay and iron soils. The asteries limestone of found in their vineyard that is well placed on the plateau of Cotes de Francs.
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, Nicolas Thienpont has increased the vine density from 5,500 to 6,500 vines per hectare over the past decade. The vines here 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.
To produce the wine of Chateau La Prade, the grapes are whole berry fermented in traditional 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 of the aging, but without stirring to increase the color and depth in the wine. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of how much effort is put into the search for quality in these wines at this Right Bank estate. The wine of Chateau La Prade is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for about 15 months before bottling.
Serving and Decanting Chateau La Prade with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Prade is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Prade is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau La Prade is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Nicolas Thienpont also owns Chateau Puygueraud and Chateau Les Charmes Godard, both of which are also located in the Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. Chateau Les Charmes Godard is better known for its white Bordeaux wine, made from a blend of 70% Semillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Muscadelle.
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.
Château La Prade Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
Darker in hue than usual, the wine offers dark earthy, red fruits, soft and polished tannins with fresh, sweet, juicy fruits that offer volume, freshness and pleasure. The blend comes from , Made from 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. This is a step up for one of the best value wines in Bordeaux.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1317 Views
2015 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
Made from 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the soft, open wine has a stony, licorice, and blackberry personality that finishes with fresh dark red fruits.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 985 Views
2014 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
From mostly Merlot at 90% of the blend, with the remainder coming from Cabernet Franc, you already find secondary notes of earth, truffle, oak and dark cherries. Medium/full bodied, fleshy, with a blast of tobacco and spicy black cherry in the finish. A few more years will add more softness and complexity here.
Jun 25, 2017points - Tasted 634 Views
Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the spicy, soft, open wine has a sweet, tart, fresh, licorice, personality that finishes with bright, round, red fruits. 88-90 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1269 Views
2012 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
Earth, smoke and licorice with fresh plums on the nose, the wine serves up a tasty, smoky, blackberry and earthy finish.
Jul 6, 2015points - Tasted 1214 Views
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
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1409 Views
2011 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
Fresh black cherry and licorice in an approachable, soft, easy drinking style
May 21, 2014points - Tasted 1278 Views
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
Apr 20, 2012points - Tasted 1314 Views
2010 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
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.
May 8, 2013points - Tasted 3123 Views
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
Jul 6, 2011points - Tasted 2551 Views
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
Apr 22, 2011points - Tasted 2040 Views
2009 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
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.
Jul 16, 2011points - Tasted 2410 Views
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
Aug 26, 2010points - Tasted 1849 Views
2008 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
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
Aug 1, 2009points - Tasted 1883 Views
2005 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
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.
Sep 17, 2011points - Tasted 2348 Views
2003 Château La Prade ( Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)
Clearly fading, the nose is better than the palate with its truffle and tobacco scented perfume. I’d drink this sooner than later.
Dec 18, 2013points - Tasted 2271 Views