2016 Chateau Franc Patarabet Saint Emilion Grand Cru 750ml
Vibrant ruby in the glass with a nose of wild cherry, flowers, sweet tobacco, and wet limestone. The fruits and floral notes make their presence known in the mouth, wrapped delicately around a velvety yet structured texture that exudes refinement and persistence. The flavors have fantastic delineation here, no doubt due to their great terroir and small vineyard size, allowing the land to be expertly manicured. This is already a pleasure to drink since the component flavors are all integrated so beautifully, and would make a killer pairing with a fatty cut of beef.
About The Property
The Franc Patarabet, Saint-Emilion vineyard, is a family-owned property for the past 6 generations.
The property is owned by the Faure-Barraud family. Comprised of about 4 hectares (about ten acres), is located in the middle of Saint-Emilion city, not far from coteau Pavie and the Patarabet locality. The sandy and clay-limestone soil are representative of the “Saint-Emilion Grand Cru” designation. The property grape varieties are mainly Merlot completed by few Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of vines is around 30 years.
The farming methods of Franc Patarabet are leaded by tradition, long lasting methods that are environment-friendly. They therefore do not use manure, chemical weed control or insecticide.
Yields are moderate in order to encourage the grape maturity and the quality of the produced wines. The property cellar are still located in the center of Saint-Emilion village. This medieval village with the surrounding vineyard being known all over the world is part of the UNESCO world heritage since 1999.
The wine-making is done classically, in low capacity tanks with a good temperature control and a close follow-up by a team of professional enologists. the maturing is done in oak barrels, renewed by tier, during approximately twelve months. The bottling is done directly at the property.
The bottles storage is the family underground and monolithic cellars. They are ideal to guarantee the best conditions for a slow ageing which can last for many years in the best vintages. These are ancient caves that connect many areas of Saint Emilion, and are one of natures original wine cellars.