Chateau Patache d'Aux found the inspiration for its name from the original owners of the estate, the Chevaliers d'Aux, who created the property all the way back in 1632. Like many Bordeaux Chateau, the estate was confiscated during the French Revolution. Chateau Patache d'Aux was eventually purchased by Claude Lapalu and Guy Pages. Guy Pages was the owner of the neighboring estate, Chateau Tour de by. Today, the estate of Patache d'Aux is managed by Jean Michel Lapalu. Under the guidance of Jean Michel Lapalu, who created the holding company Domaine Lapalu, they have managed to become the largest producers of Bordeaux wine that comes from the Medoc and Haut Medoc today. Domaine Lapalu owns more than 25 different properties in the Left Bank.
The 70 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Patache d'Aux is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc and 3 % Petit Verdot . The terroir is limestone and clay with small rocks and stones in the soil. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,500 vines per hectare. They have old vines. On average, the vines are close to 40 years of age.
The grapes are fermented in a combination of stainless steel, wooden and concrete tanks. The wine is then matured in oak barrels (30% new) for 12 months before being lightly fined and then bottled.
Patache d'Aux are one of the stars of the top end of the Medoc and their 2014, which is in perfect shape for immediate drinking, is a great example of their style. Aged for 12 months in oak barriques before bottling the blend is around 60% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder being mainly Merlot. The aromas are of black cherries and liquorice with some herbal and spicy hints while on the palate some ripe blackcurrent flavours also come through and lead onto a rounded and pleasantly rich finish.