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: 2023, 2022, 2021, 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.

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Château La Patache Wine Tasting Notes

11 Vintages 38,678 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
91
Flowers, cherries, spice, and a background note of truffle open the wine. Medium-bodied, vibrant, and elegant, the wine is focused on its fresh core of fruits, and energy. You can enjoy this on release and over the next 10-15 years easily. The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2026- 2038. 90-92 Pts.

Flowers, cherries, spice, and a background note of truffle open the wine. Medium-bodied, vibrant, and elegant, the wine is focused on its fresh core of fruits, and energy. You can enjoy this on release and over the next 10-15 years easily. The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2026- 2038. 90-92 Pts.

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2022
92
Forward, soft, silky, and fresh, the medium-bodied wine is nicely framed around its core of plums, cherries, licorice, and chocolate on the nose, and on the palate. You can enjoy this wine on release, and over the next 12-15 years with pleasure. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts.

Forward, soft, silky, and fresh, the medium-bodied wine is nicely framed around its core of plums, cherries, licorice, and chocolate on the nose, and on the palate. You can enjoy this wine on release, and over the next 12-15 years with pleasure. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts.

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2021
90
Cocoa, flowers and plums and a touch of espresso create the core of this wine. The medium-bodied palate is centered on its silky, fresh, core of red plums and cherries. You can enjoy this on release and over the near future. Drink from 2024-2034.

Cocoa, flowers and plums and a touch of espresso create the core of this wine. The medium-bodied palate is centered on its silky, fresh, core of red plums and cherries. You can enjoy this on release and over the near future. Drink from 2024-2034.

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Earthy plums and cherries with a touch of truffle on the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh, soft and fruity, with cocoa and cherries in the medium-bodied finish. You can enjoy this on release and over the near future. Drink from 2023-2030. 87-90

Earthy plums and cherries with a touch of truffle on the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh, soft and fruity, with cocoa and cherries in the medium-bodied finish. You can enjoy this on release and over the near future. Drink from 2023-2030. 87-90

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2020
92
Mocha, mint, black raspberries, black cherries and floral accents get the medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, vibrant wine going. The soft, silky, finish leaves you with cocoa and sweet black raspberries. This is nice now, and already easy to drink and it should be even better in a year or two, as it should develop quickly. Drink from 2023-2035.

Mocha, mint, black raspberries, black cherries and floral accents get the medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, vibrant wine going. The soft, silky, finish leaves you with cocoa and sweet black raspberries. This is nice now, and already easy to drink and it should be even better in a year or two, as it should develop quickly. Drink from 2023-2035.

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Medium-bodied, soft, silky, and fresh with nuances of truffles, smoke, espresso, and cherries, the wine is soft, silky forward, and polished, with a sweet, creamy, red cherry-packed finish. Drink from 2023-2036.

Medium-bodied, soft, silky, and fresh with nuances of truffles, smoke, espresso, and cherries, the wine is soft, silky forward, and polished, with a sweet, creamy, red cherry-packed finish. Drink from 2023-2036.

1,240 Views   Tasted
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

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
92
Soft, silky, elegant and fresh, the wine is forward, medium-bodied, refined and already just great to have in your glass thanks to all of its layers of sweet, juicy plums, cocoa, black cherries and chocolate. You can enjoy this wine on release, and over the next 12-15 or more years with ease. Drink from 2022-2036.

Soft, silky, elegant and fresh, the wine is forward, medium-bodied, refined and already just great to have in your glass thanks to all of its layers of sweet, juicy plums, cocoa, black cherries and chocolate. You can enjoy this wine on release, and over the next 12-15 or more years with ease. Drink from 2022-2036.

1,538 Views   Tasted
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

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
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.

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.

1,415 Views   Tasted
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

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

1,975 Views   Tasted
2016
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.

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.

2,526 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

2,990 Views   Tasted
2015
91
Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, approachable, with a plummy, chocolate personality that is already just great for drinking today.

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

3,734 Views   Tasted
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

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

3,591 Views   Tasted
2014
88
Medium-bodied, with an approachable, plum and citrus personality, the wine is soft, forward and will be easy to drink.

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

2,133 Views   Tasted
Medium-bodied, soft, short and sweet this wine has an accessible thyme and plum personality. 86-88 Pts

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

2,060 Views   Tasted
2013
87
With a spicy plum character, the wine is medium bodied, soft and open, offering uncomplicated drinking in its youth. 86-88 Pts

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

2,258 Views   Tasted
2012
87
Already showing some secondary characteristics, the wine is forward, medium bodied and focused on its strawberry and dark cherry center.

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

2,634 Views   Tasted