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Patrick Lesec History, Overview
Patrick Lesec founded his negociant company in 1993. Their first vintage was released two years later in 1995. Patrick Lesec has long term contracts to purchase grapes and wine from various producers and growers with vines in some of the best terroir in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, including La Crau, Valori, Le Cristia and Palestor.
All of their wines are produced from Grenache dominated blends. Some of their vines are old, including Grenache parcels with vines that are more than 100 years of age. Much of the production is exported to the United States. The blends can vary from year to year, depending on the character and growing season of the vintage.
Patrick Lesec Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Patrick Lesec produces at least 6 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines.
Patrick Lesec Bargeton – Made with 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah from vines that range between 20 to 80 years of age. The grapes are 100% destemmed. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling. The production is on average 550 cases per year.
Patrick Lesec Les Galets Blonds is made using 93% old vine Grenache and 7% Syrah. The vines are old, averaging 75 years of age. The grapes are completely destemmed. The wine is aged in tanks and foudres for 12 to 14 months. About 550 cases are produced each vintage.
Patrick Lesec Les Pierres Dorees – Produced from blending 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the grapes are not destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres and used, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months. The production is about 1,100 cases per year.
Patrick Lesec Rubis – The wine is a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. The grapes are partially destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres and used, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months. The production is about 500 cases per year.
Patrick Lesec Marquis – Made using a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. A percentage of the grapes are destemmed. The wine is aged in old French oak barrels and foudres for 12 to 14 months. The production averages close to 500 cases per vintage.
Patrick Lesec Temps – The wine is blended using 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre from vines that average at least 50 years of age. The grapes are destemmed to some degree, which varies from year to year. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used foudres and tank. The production is close to 350 cases per year.
When to Drink Patrick Lesec, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Patrick Lesec can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour allowing allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Patrick Lesec is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 3-14 years after the vintage.
Serving Patrick Lesec with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Patrick Lesec is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Patrick Lesec is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, grilled beef, barbecue and cassoulet. Patrick Lesec is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Patrick Lesec is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Patrick Lesec also produces a large portfolio of wine throughout the Southern Rhone Valley including the Cotes du Rhone, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Beaumes de Venis, Costieres de Nimes, Vacqueyras and Rasteau.
Patrick Lesec Wine Tasting Notes
6 Vintages 14,118 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
A solid blend of herbs, licorice, espresso, and kirsch come through readily on the nose and palate of this lush, round, ripe, ready-to-drink wine. Drink from 2022-2029.
1,635 Views Tasted Nov 18, 2022
Round, lush, ripe, dark, peppery, dark red fruits, licorice, smoke, grilled meat, herbs and jammy notes create the character. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, this could use another year or two, or more before it softens and fully opens up.
1,251 Views Tasted Mar 7, 2018
At 6, this is already starting to drink well. The lush, rich textures, kirsch, raspberry liqueur, cracked black pepper and garrigue pop in the nose. The wine feels great on the palate, with its spicy, sweet, red berry finish.
2,892 Views Tasted May 17, 2016
From mostly old vine Grenache, the wine is supple, lush, round and concentrated with sweet kirsch, thyme, cherries, pepper and garrigue. This is a very textural wine that is really showing well today.
2,893 Views Tasted Sep 2, 2015
From 90% old vine Grenache and 10% Syrah rounding out the blend, the wine pops with kirsch, strawberry liqueur, pepper, earth and black raspberry jam aromas. Rich and silky in texture, this plush Chateauneuf du Pape can be enjoyed now, or over the next decade.
3,409 Views Tasted May 3, 2012
Jammy black fruit, pepper, herbs, olives and tomatoes. The palate experiences the perfect blend of suave and wild, rustic elements. Drink this on the young side.
2,038 Views Tasted Nov 18, 2004