Chateau du Parc St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau du Parc St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a 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 du Parc History, Overview

Chateau du Parc was purchased by Alain Raynaud and Françoise Raynaud just in time to produce the 2011 vintage. Dr. Alain Raynaud has a long history in the Bordeaux wine region. His family owned  Chateau La Croix du Gay and Chateau La Fleur de Gay in Pomerol.

Previously, Alain Raynaud was the owner of Chateau Quinault L’Enclos in St. Emilion. Alain Raynaud is also a well known consultant that has worked with numerous top estates like; Chateau Pavie and Chateau Clos LEglise in Pomerol, along with Colgin Cellars in the Napa Valley.

Alain Raynaud is also the president of Le Cercle Rive Droite. Previously he served as president of the UGC for six years. While Alain Raynaud finished the 2010 vintage for the property, 2011 marked the true debut vintage for Chateau du Parc as Raynaud was responsible for the wine from the harvest through bottling.

Just a few weeks before the 2016 harvest was set to begin at Chateau du Parc, Alain Raynaud sold the estate to the American, Tom Sullivan. Tom Sullivan purchased 2 other vineyards in the Right Bank, Chateau du Gaby in Fronsac and Chateau Moya in the Cotes de Castillon appellation.

Tom Sullivan earned his fortune as the founder Lumber Liquidators and Cabinets to Go. Tom Sullivan intends to act as his own importer and directly import the production of all his Bordeaux estates, bypassing the more traditional negociant system using his company, Wine Traders International. Due to the small production of his properties, he should be able to do this.

Chateau du Parc Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 5.5 hectare Saint Emilion vineyard of Chateau du Parc is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has two terroirs.

Their vineyards to the south are mostly sand and gravel based soils not too far from Chateau Monbousquet. When you travel north, their better terroir is more clay and limestone soils, typical of that part of the Saint Emilion appellation. The vines are on average 25 years of age.

To produce the wine of Chateau du Parc, the vinification takes place in a combination of temperature controlled, concrete vats and French oak barrels.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in 40% new, French oak barrels. The wine of Chateau du Parc is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels. There is a second wine, Petit Parc. Currently, less than 2,000 cases per year are produced of Chateau du Parc.

When to Drink Chateau du Parc, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau du Parc is better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau du Parc is best enjoyed in the first 3-12 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for about 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.

Serving Chateau du Parc with Wine and Food Pairings

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

Chateau du Parc is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau du Parc is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Clearly the wine improved under the direction of Alain Raynaud. It was known that Alain Raynaud was seeking to add to his holdings in St. Emilion at Chateau du Parc. It is unknown if the new owner, Tom Sullivan will also want to expand the vineyards. My guess is he will.

Château du Parc Wine Tasting Notes

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2018Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

Medium-bodied and open, the wine focuses on plum, cherry, coffee bean and licorice that is delivered in an easy-to-like style. You can drink this on release or age it a few years. 87-89 Pts

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2017Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)87

Medium bodied with a delicate, plummy character and licorice, espresso and floral accents, this is soft, forward and made for early drinking delight.

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2016Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)86

Medium bodied and ripe with good fruit, there is too much oak to fruit in this vintage.

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2015Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

An oak heavy nose, with licorice, black cherry and cocoa to help mellow out the strong espresso notes. Round, plush and forward, with a sweet, black raspberry, dark plum and espresso finish. 87-89 Pts

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2014Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

Oak, stone and dark berries are paired with a forward, medium bodied, round, dark plum core that is easy to drink and to like. 87-89 Pts

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2013Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)86

With fresh raspberries, oak and a medium-bodied red cherry and plum character, this wine will be best young. 85-87 Pts

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2012Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

Medium bodied, forward, soft, early drinking with a plum and vanilla character that is already showing well.

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With a ruby color, oak, licorice, coffee, spice and black raspberries are up front with little effort. On the palate, the wine is ripe, sweet, soft, and filled with ripe black cherries. 88-90 Pts

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2011Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

The true debut vintage for Alain Raynaud for this St. Emilion estate, which Raynaud purchased in 2010. Made from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with vines averaging 25 years of age, the wine opens with black pepper, earth, espresso, blackberry, red plum and blueberry aromas, this soft textured, medium bodied wine should offer pleasure early. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol. 88-90 Pts

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2010Château du Parc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)87

Recently purchased by the consultant Alain Raynaud, while this is the official debut vintage for Raynaud, he did not begin to make the wines until the following year. Located not far from the sandy soils of Monbousquet, the wine offers good color, spice and black raspberries with a touch oak, medium/full body and the ability to be enjoyed on the young side.

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