2019 Chateau La Prade
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2019 Chateau La Prade

Francs Cotes-de-Bordeaux, FRANCE
$34. 99
$419.88 Dozen
Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2026-2027)
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Midnight black heart with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Nosing reveals a mix of ripe red to black currant fruit alongside scents of liquorice, scorched earth, vanillin cedar and spicy black olive notes. Rich blackcurrant fruits drive the medium to full bodied that shows good definition and structure. Liquorice, earth, cigar box, black olive and spice characters sit underneath. Firmish tannins lend a gritty feel to the medium to long aftertaste.
Cellar 4-5 years.
Alc. 14.5%

Other Reviews....
Composed of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 La Prade was harvested from the 30th of September to the 11th of October. Yields were 35 hectoliters per hectare this year. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with classic plum preserves, warm blackberries, licorice and cedar chest scents, unfurling to reveal provocative suggestions of chargrill, red roses, dusty soil and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has exquisitely ripe, very fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness lifting all the densely packed black fruit and perfumed layers to a long, mineral-tinged finish. Impressive! About 2,300 cases are anticipated to be made.
92-94 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate

The 2019 La Prade is a gorgeous, inviting wine. Succulent dark cherry, menthol, licorice, chocolate, spice and mocha flesh out in this racy, beautifully layered Côtes de Bordeaux from Nicolas Thienpont. The 2019 has come together so well. Tasted three times. Drink 2023-2031.
91 points
Antonio Galloni - Vinous

An intense, aromatic red with notes of ripe plums and blackberries, spices, chocolate and tar. Polished and refined with an array of fine-grained, chewy tannins and a velvety mouth-feel. Full-bodied, compact and long. Impressive power and depth. Drink in a year or two or hold.
92 points
James Suckling

From the talented Nicolas Thienpont, the 2019 Château La Prade sports a deep ruby/purple color to go with a great nose of spicy dark fruits, damp earth, and violet. Wonderfully pure, medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless on the palate, it's easily the finest vintage of this cuvée I've tasted. It's going to drink brilliantly for 10-12 years. Drink 2022 - 2034.
93 points
Jeb Dunnuck

A deep, dark, rich nose - smells seductive with softly perfumed flowers and gorgeous ripe red fruit aromas. Lovely energy here, this is chewy and tannic no doubt, they coat the mouth but with a wonderful cooling minty, stone aspect to the fruit too. A real aerial style - cooling in the mouth, not sombre necessarily as there is good acidity but this is just lighter and fresher than many. Still needs time but this has a lovely cleanliness, you can taste the minerality and salty tang driving the fruit and spice across the palate - it feels precise and poised. Will be delicious in time. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2023 - 2030.
92 points
Georgina Hindle - Decanter

Peppery red fruits, truffles, flowers, cocoa and red berries create the nose. On the palate, the wine is round, rich, full and fleshy with a wealth of ripe, sweet red fruits and dark chocolate with a touch of spice in the finish. If you are seeking value Bordeaux and you're not familiar with La Prade -- get to know this wine, which is made from 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.
92 points
Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider