Chateau La Patache Pomerol Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau La Patache Pomerol with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau La Patache History, Overview

Chateau La Patache takes its name from lieu-dit where the vineyard is located. A small, Right Bank estate, Chateau La Patache dates back to the 1800s when it was owned by the Larroucaud family.

Members of the Larroucaud family were active in Pomerol as they also owned Chateau lEnclos, another Pomerol vineyard until 2006. Eventually, an investor group, La Dillegence, purchased La Patache in the 1980s.

They sold the property to Peter Kwok in 2011. The Vietnamese-born, Peter Kwok, owns several Right Bank properties today, including Enclos Tourmaline in Pomerol, Chateau Tour Saint Christophe, and Chateau Haut Brisson in St. Emilion, as well as Chateau Enclos de Viaud, in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation.

By 2015, things were improving at Château La Patache, due to efforts in the cellars and vineyards. In 2016, the label was completely redesigned and modernized.

Chateau La Patache, Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The small, 3.18-hectare vineyard of Chateau La Patache is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is sand, gravel, and clay soil. The vineyard is dispersed into 9 different parcels on various different terroirs. The vines are on average, 25 years of age.

When Peter Kwok first purchased the estate, they had vines in a few locations, the best of which was located exactly across the street and right in front of the house of Chateau Clinet.

Peter Kwok culled out those vines and vines from a small plot located next to Chateau Rouget, along with a sliver of vines close to Chateau Feytit-Clinet, creating a high-end Pomerol Cuvee, Enclos Tourmaline.

To produce the wine of Chateau La Patache, the vinification is done in vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels.

The wine is then aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. Not much wine is made here, as the vineyard is small. On average, the production is close to 1,000 cases per vintage.

The best vintages of Chateau La Patache are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.

When to Drink Chateau La Patache, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Patache can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 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. Chateau La Patache is usually better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau La Patache offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau La Patache with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Patache is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau La Patache 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 Patache is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Château La Patache Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château La Patache  (Pomerol) 91

Soft, silky, fresh, bright, medium-bodied, forward, accessible. The wine is refined, easy to like and quickly focuses you on its cocoa infused plums and red cherries on the nose and palate. The wine was made from blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 90-92 Pts

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2019 Château La Patache  (Pomerol) 91

Medium-bodied, elegant, soft, forward and fresh, the sweet, ripe, red fruits show quite well already. You can enjoy this floral and cherry dominated silky-textured wine on release, and over the next decade or so. The wine was made from blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 90-92 Pts

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2018 Château La Patache  (Pomerol) 90

Forward, soft, sweet, early drinking, medium-bodied, refined, cherry filled wine with nuances of espresso and dark cocoa. You can enjoy this on release and over the next 10-15 years. The wine was made from blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 90 Points

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Fresh and forward, soft and plummy, this floral pour is round and fruity and will be easy to drink on release. The wine was made from blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 89-91 Pts

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2016 Château La Patache  (Pomerol) 91

Medium-bodied, soft, elegant, forward and already charming, the wine is plummy, silky and should be ready to enjoy with just a year or 2 of age. 91 Points

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Made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine shows good color, a medium body and a sweet, plummy character with elegant tannins and freshness. 91 Points

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2015 Château La Patache  (Pomerol) 91

Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, approachable, with a plummy, chocolate personality that is already just great for drinking today. 91 Points

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Licorice, black raspberry and wet earth on the nose lead you to a medium-bodied, soft wine with a fresh, sweet, dark plum and cocoa finish that has some persistence. Clearly, this is the best vintage the team has produced of La Patache. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 89 - 91 Pts

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2014 Château La Patache  (Pomerol) 88

Medium-bodied, with an approachable, plum and citrus personality, the wine is soft, forward and will be easy to drink. 88 Points

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Medium-bodied, soft, short and sweet this wine has an accessible thyme and plum personality. 86-88 Pts

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2013 Château La Patache  (Pomerol) 87

With a spicy plum character, the wine is medium bodied, soft and open, offering uncomplicated drinking in its youth. 86-88 Pts

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2012 Château La Patache  (Pomerol) 87

Already showing some secondary characteristics, the wine is forward, medium bodied and focused on its strawberry and dark cherry center. 87 Points

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