Château de Parenchère Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur Cuvée Raphaël 2001
Cuvée Raphaël is the flagship wine of Parenchère.. It bears the name of Raphaël GAZANIOL, who renovated the Parenchère estate. It is produced from a selection of the finest plots on the estate, from vines that are more than 40 years old on average.. The yields from the vines selected for this wine are particularly small : 4000 litres per hectare. It is usually a blend of : 50% Merlot 50% Cabernet Sauvignon But can, however, vary from vintage to vintage depending on the success of a particular grape variety. This wine is aged exclusively in barrels made of oak from the Forest of Tronçais, 30% of which are new on average depending on the type of vintage.. The wine is aged for 14 to 18 months on fine lees, without racking or exposure to air. However, we use the ("micro-oxygenation") technique, sending fine bubbles through the barrels. In this way, the wine’s fruit and elegance are perfectly preserved.. Characteristics : Our Cuvée Raphaël is always a very dense, very concentrated wine with elegant tannins that stand out, but are mellow and smooth. They are elegantly woody, but not excessively to leave plenty of room for the fruit. Ideal drinking period : from 4 to 10 years Being more concentrated than our traditional blend, it can thus be kept much longer. It can also be appreciated since its first year of bottling, but will better express its elegance and complexity since its fourth year of ageing. It can improve for about 10 - 12 years, and possibly more according to the vintage.
Situated in the eastern edge of the Bordeaux wine growing area, the Château de Parenchère vineyard lies on the borders of the Dordogne and the Lot et Garonne departments. Here they grow in chalky clay with a very high clay content, which is unusual for this area and which goes some way to accounting for the strength of the wines produced from them.
Medium bodied with a decent finish. Tasted hints of blackcurrant and oak accompanied by a background of soft tannins. They state the ideal drinking period is 4 to 10 years but I felt like this wine was at its peak if not a little beyond it. The wine was decanted before drinking and sat for 30 minutes or so. It may tame the wine a little more if decanted longer. In the end this is a very decent Bordeaux Supérieur.
Nice dark fruit with oak and leather. Smooth tannins. Usually in Bordeaux Superieurs I feel like the Merlot takes over completely but that wasn't the case at all with this wine. A good wine, I give this a low 4.