Chateau Du Parc is an estate located in the Saint Emilion appellation in Bordeaux, France, one of the oldest and most prestigious wine producing regions in all of Bordeaux. This world-renowned area is known for producing some of the region's finest wines due to its diverse terroir. At Chateau Du Parc, we strive for excellence by hand picking only the finest grapes that produce the highest quality wine to ensure our wine reflects the true essence of the appellation.
Chateau Du Parc, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc matured in 50% new oak (medium toast). It has a rounded and quite opulent bouquet with boysenberry jam and raspberry nose, quite modern in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and good acidity.
The wine has a rich red color, with a sheen and great intensity. Very ripe, red fruit notes on the nose contrasted by spicy notes with beautiful complexity. On the palate, it has a great onset, frank, direct and sustained by beautiful red fruits throughout the tasting, which linger in the mouth. Spicy and light wooden notes are present throughout.
Our suggestion is to serve Chateau Du Parc at 18°C (64°F) and to let the wine breathe for at least 60 minutes before enjoying. Our wine is best enjoyed after it has been decanted with sharp cheeses, red meat, succulent duck, or a fine cigar.
Chateau Du Parc is located in the Saint Emilion appellation in Bordeaux near the Dordogne River just an hour's drive east of the city of Bordeaux. These picturesque hills of the world-renowned Saint-Emilion appellation produce some of the best wines in the region. Chateau Du Parc has two terroirs on its 5.5 hectares (13.6 acres). To the south, the vineyards are mostly gravel and sand based while the north consists of clay and limestone soils. The vineyards' terroir creates a natural drainage system; this coupled with the perfect exposure to the sun produce perfect ripening conditions for our grape varieties. Our plantings are made up of 80% Merlot & 20% Cabernet Franc. Our vines average about 27 years before we replant new ones, this ensures we are producing the best wines from our vines.
CHATEAU DU PARC
The house on the vineyard was built in the Arcachonnaise style (a type of Victorian architecture). Chateau Du Parc is a beautiful fully functioning home consisting of 4 bedrooms, a kitchen, a pool overlooking the vineyards and spectacular views of the Saint Emilion appellation. The rolling hills of the countryside and climate make for a relaxing getaway for all. Besides just tranquility, guests can enjoy the finest selection of wines that come from this region, including Chateau Du Parc. The Saint Emilion appellation is one of the oldest wine producing regions in all of Bordeaux and is known for its beautiful, picturesque wine villages, a must see when visiting the Bordeaux region.
Saint Emilion appellation is situated on the right banks of the Dordogne river and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area has a rich wine history dating as far back as the ancient Romans. Historians believe that this area is the oldest active wine-producing appellation in the Bordeaux region and was also the first region in Bordeaux to export their wine.
One of the most noteworthy features of the region is that there is a wide range of terroirs throughout the appellation. Limestone, gravel, sand, clay and iron deposits are abundant throughout the region. Even from vineyard to vineyard, the terroir can be completely different making the wines taste and texture vary greatly. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the two most important grapes used to produce wine in Saint Emilion. This area is now one of the largest producing regions in Bordeaux with 5,565 hectares (13,750 acres) dedicated to vines, with 800 producers. These vineyards are divided into two classifications of non-classified or Grand Cru terroir. Due to the amount of land allocated to vineyards, Saint Emilion produces almost 4% of the red wine made in Bordeaux each year. Although the region produces a high volume of wine, this area produces some of the highest quality Bordeaux in the country.
At Chateau Du Parc, we hand pick our grapes and only the grapes that produce the highest quality wine are selected to ensure that our wine reflects the true essence of the Appellation Saint Émilion Grand Cru Contrôlée.
After fermentation, which lasts between 7 and 10 days, we age our wines in smaller oak vats to allow our wine to slowly mature with a slight oak influence. Chateau Du Parc ages in these oak vats between 14 to 18 months and then the liquid is aged for a minimum of one year in our bottles. We blend our wine from both newer oak and older oak influences to produce a well-balanced full flavored Bordeaux wine that can be enjoyed within three years of vintage, or aged for 12 to 15 years.
Dr. Alain Raynaud
Dr. Raynaud is a world-renowned winemaker/consultant and comes from a long lineage of wine producers in Bordeaux dating back to the 15th century. Dr. Raynaud has been the President of Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux & Cercle Rivé Droite de Grand Vins de Bordeaux, an organization dedicated to further the quality of wines from the Right Bank in Bordeaux, France. Dr. Raynaud's reputation is without parallel in this region.
A native of the historic town of Saintes, just north of Bordeaux, Damien Landouar is the winemaker and estate manager for Chateau Du Parc. For more than two decades, Damien has dedicated his career to winemaking in the Bordeaux region. Damien has a degree in agronomy and completed post-graduate studies at Vayres Rural Institute to expand his knowledge of winegrowing, oenology and the wine trade. In addition to his work with the Chateau du Parc estate, Damien also manages three other estates for owner Tom Sullivan including Chateau Auguste in Entre-deux-Mers; Chateau Moya, a Castillon-Cotes-de-Bordeaux property, and Chateau Gaby in the Canon-Fronsac appellation.