Usually Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc
While Château Patache isn’t considered a garagiste, they...own just a few hectares of land and keep production ultra-low—at a seriously low price. Seven years ago, Peter Kwok and his son acquired Château La Patache under the umbrella company Vignobles K. The estate, though relatively unknown outside of Pomerol, is focused on crafting truly classic expressions of the region with their small handful of vines—barely three hectares that are planted along the aforementioned D1089. Their vines are divided into nine separate parcels, some of which hold proximity to high end vine real estate like Château Clinet and Latour á Pomerol. Château La Patache’s holdings are predominately Merlot and today’s 2014—their ‘second wine,’ which is essentially their Grand Vin with slightly less oak influence and aging—is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The soils are plowed, vines are maintained by hand, grapes are rigorously sorted. Following a multi-week fermentation in the winery, the wine is transferred into 20% new French oak for 15 months. The cellars in which they age were previously the stables for Libourne’s old stone-built post office. -- Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier
What The Critics Say
Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier (2014 vintage)
"Badine de la Patache comes from just three hectares of land along Pomerol’s most prominent stretch of road. It’s along this boulevard of stars where you’ll find triple-digit bottles from prestigious châteaux—and this classic ‘14 delivers similar pleasure at a fraction of the price.-- Displays a dark crimson core with slight garnet hues moving out to the rim. Thanks to the predominance of Merlot—most top growths (Pétrus is 100%) depend on this supple grape—this is Pomerol elegantly personified. Within minutes of decanting, it releases seductive aromas of black and redcurrants, red plums, boysenberry, black raspberry, leather, graphite, soft spices and crushed rock. The velvety, medium-plus-bodied palate is smooth and silky with bright waves of red fruit, dusty earth and baking spices alongside ultra-smooth tannins and a burst of freshness. This is a pitch-perfect Pomerol and though Bordeaux can be tough to differentiate these days, this classic rendition makes it entirely possible to nail in a blind tasting. It’s incredibly pure and rich with a brilliance balance of elegant red fruits and earth which is very unique to Pomerol. It’s a wonderful wine as is—a one hour decant is recommended—but you should absolutely hold a couple bottles back for the next 10+ years. Badine de la Patache may technically be a second wine, but it doesn’t perform like one, and it will certainly shed that notion whether you pop it today or years from now. Whenever you choose to enjoy some, serve in large Bordeaux stems around 60-65 degrees and keep it simple and delectable when pairing with food—tender lamb chops in a mushroom sauce."
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