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Chateau Patache d’Aux History, Overview
Chateau Patache d’Aux found the inspiration for its name from the original owners of the estate, the Chevaliers d’Aux, who created the property all the way back in 1632. Like many Bordeaux chateau, the estate was confiscated during the French Revolution. Chateau Patache d’Aux was eventually purchased by Claude Lapalu and Guy Pages. Guy Pages was the owner of the neighboring estate, Chateau Tour de by.
Until 2016, the estate of Patache d’Aux was managed by Jean Michel Lapalu. Under the guidance of Jean Michel Lapalu, who created the holding company Domaine Lapalu, they managed to become the largest producer of Bordeaux wine that comes from the Medoc and Haut Medoc.
At their peak, Domaine Lapalu owned more than 25 different properties in the Left Bank. In late December 2016, Antoine Moueix properties purchased the estate, becoming the new owner of Patache d’Aux. Shortly after taking over Chateau Patache d’Aux, the new owners spent 2 years building new, gravity cellars. Stephane Derenoncourt consults the estate on their winemaking and vineyard management.
In 2018, the estate finished a modernization of their cellars and in 2019, they renovated their barrel cellars.
Chateau Patache d’Aux Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 70 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Patache d’Aux is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This shows more Merlot has been added to the vineyards. The terroir is limestone and clay with small rocks and stones in the soil. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,500 vines per hectare. They have old vines. On average, the vines are close to 40 years of age.
To produce the wine of Chateau Patache d’Aux, vinification takes place in 36 cement tanks. The vats range in size, starting at 75 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wines are aged in an average of 33% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.
There is a second wine, Le Relais de Patache d’Aux. The average annual production of Chateau Patache d’Aux is 25,000 cases of wine per vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Patache d’Aux are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
In addition, the owners also produce Chateau Liversan and Chateau d’Hantellian. Both vineyards are well placed in the Haut Medoc appellation.
When to Drink Chateau Patache d’Aux, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Patache d’Aux can be enjoyed on the young side with little decanting, perhaps 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Patache d’Aux is usually better with at least 1-3 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Patache d’Aux offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-9 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Patache d’Aux with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Patache d’Aux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Patache d’Aux is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Patache d’Aux is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Patache d'Aux Wine Tasting Notes
10 Vintages 26,081 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2019||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
Medium-bodied with bright red cherries, cranberry and herbal notes that can be enjoyed in a year or two after release and over the next decade after that. 86-88 Pts
2,020 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
With a nice floral quality on the nose, medium bodied wine moves to a core of black currants and thyme. Round, soft and fruity, with an olive tint in the finish, the wine is already easy to like and it should improve over the next few years. 89 Points.
717 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium bodied, forward, nice Left Bank character filled wine that delivers its soft cherry pipe tobacco profile for early drinking pleasure. 88-90 Pts
1,607 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
Medium bodied, soft and approachable, the wine offers a sweet cassis, cherry and tobacco profile in a crowd pleasing style -- tailor made for early drinking pleasure. 86 Points.
1,743 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
This tobacco tinged, red berry, round textured, early drinking charmer will be easy to enjoy on release and over the next 7-9 years. 89 Points.
1,419 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Easy-drinking with hints of tobacco topped cassis make this wine a charmer to drink when it hits the stores. 89 Points.
2,131 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
Easy drinking, forward, fruity, medium bodied wine that should be ready to go on release. 86 - 88 Pts
1,888 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
|2014||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
Forward, medium bodied, classic, but in good way, blending cassis, spice, earth, coffee bean and blackberries. 87 Points.
2,245 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2017
|2012||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
Soft, elegant, easy drinking, forward, fruity and fairly priced, this is a fine daily drinker. 85 Points.
2,477 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
|2010||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
Easy drinking quaffer, with black cherries and licorice, round textures and a spicy, black cherry and herb finish. the finish is short, but all things considered, not a bad wine for the price. This is not a wine for aging. 86 Points.
5,011 Views Tasted Feb 14, 2015
|2009||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
Approachable, with a cherry, black currant, thyme and tobacco character, the finish is soft, round and easy to like. 87 Points.
3,042 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2015
|2005||Château Patache d'Aux (Médoc)|
Starting to drop its fruit and focus on its earthy, cedar and tobacco character, this medium-bodied, red berry filled wine requires drinking in the immediate future. 84 Points.
1,781 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2020