In the fantastic 2016 vintage, the Château Panchille Bordeaux Supérieur has a deep purple color, almost black at the center, with flashes of bright ruby at the edges. The nose is restrained at first, but gradually unfurls with intense red and black fruit aromatics, lightly seasoned with nutmeg, dark cocoa, and a faint suggestion of dry leaves and roasted chestnuts. On the palate, the wine has fabulous concentration, with the texture of a much more expensive wine, and a cornucopia of black and red fruit flavors that echo the nose, adding tree mushrooms, fennel seed, and fresh white tobacco, all framed in sweet velvety tannins, and carried though an endless finish by lively fresh acidity. Drink now-2027.
About this wine producer: Since taking over his family’s five hectares of vineyards in 1981, Pascal Sirat has worked tirelessly to reclaim what was originally a twenty-hectare estate, the majority of which was lost after a series of unfortunate family circumstances during the years before he took over. By 1994, Pascal was finally able to estate-bottle his entire production, rather than sell some of his grapes to the local co-op - a choice made possible only by the distinction of his handcrafted wines. Even with the moderate success of his reestablishment of Château Panchille, all of his resources are invested into improvements of the vineyards and winery.