Chateau Parenchere was founded in 1570 by Pierre de Parenchieres on the banks of the Dordogne River. For centuries it was a good producer of affordable Bordeaux wines. In 1958, it was renovated by Raphael Gazaniol and is now run by his son, Jean, and granddaughter, Julia.
Parenchere consists of 373 acres of land, of which 156 acres are vineyards. All but 10 acres are devoted to the red varieties consisting of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.
Though the plots are contiguous, the ch?teau separates them into 32 different lots and vinifies them each separately. Bordeaux famous line, "the soil changes with every step," is the rule they all live by. The vines may be the same, but what comes off of them depends on where they are planted. Even in the same vineyard, the result can be different. This allows winemakers to add or subtract different lots to attain the flavors they are looking for. Each wine is the expression of the individual winemaker. If you gave the same lots of wine to 10 winemakers, you would get 10 different wines.
This expression of winemaker, Richard Curty, certainly works for us. Richard's vast experience in making wines shows in all of his offerings. They are plainly Bordeaux, yet each display its particular qualities. Here we get textured, black cherry mixed with blueberry and hints of leather and vanilla. It is light enough to go with quail stuffed with wild rice; yet bold enough to match a venison loin with dried cranberries.