A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this wine is beautifully balanced and elegant. It has a ruby red color, and a sweet ripe red fruit nose. Also hints of blackberry, raspberry, pepper, and truffle. The wine is medium bodied, with gritty tannins that are nicely balanced with oak. Either decant before enjoying or cellar for years to come.
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.
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