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Chateau Pascaud was built in 1892 as a primarily vacation spot. It had architecture with a cross between an English country house and a luxury Mediterranean villa. At the time, they didn't even have vineyards.
After all, this is Bordeaux, the most famous wine region in the world. Some years later, the estate was purchased by the Averil family. They purchased the adjoining vineyard and a new Bordeaux estate was born.
The Averil's spent considerable time improving the vineyards and adding winemaking equipment. The fifth-generation owner, Bernard Averil, has just completed a similar task and made the estate sustainable as well.
Location in Bordeaux is critical. Just a few feet can make a difference as to how the wine is designated. Because the vineyard crosses two borders, it cannot be labeled after a place of origin, though it is mostly in Fronsac and very close to Saint-Emilion. As a result, Pascaud can't get the prices those other chateaus get, but that doesn't mean it's not in the same league.
Two things come into play here. First, the 2016 vintage will be considered one of the finest in Bordeaux. It isn't yet because 2015 is still getting all the accolades, but it's just a matter of time.
This beauty is 80% merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc and exhibits all the grace and style of Classified Growth Bordeaux from the dense color and earth tones to the lilting berry. Perfect with Chateaubriand and Lyonnaise Potatoes.