Nicolas Thienpont acquired Chateau La Prade from Thierry Valette . If the Valette name sounds familiar to you, it should as the Valette family are the owners of Chateau Troplong Mondot in St. Emilion . Chateau La Prade, located in the Cotes de Francs appellation. The Cotes de Francs, at 450 hectares is the smallest of the recognized Bordeaux appellations.
"The 2016 La Prade is a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc matured in 50% new oak and the remainder one year old. It has a rather exotic nose with Hoi Sin and light figgy aromas filtering through the red and black fruit. The palate is sweet on the entry with chewy tannin, grippy in the mouth but extracted too much on the finish, ergo it is missing the delineation and tension it otherwise might have possessed. Hopefully this will mellow during its élevage, but I feel there could have been a better La Prade here. 87-89 Points." (Neal Martin, eRobertparker.com, April 2017)
"Nicolas Thienpont is doing interesting things with this estate. Certainly this is intense and has a beautiful depth of expression - excellent quality for a smaller appellation. It has a wonderfully silky quality to the tannins that bodes extremely well for ageing, and flavours of liquorice root, bilberry, almost cassis. A definite buy for me. 92 Points." (Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine, April 2017)
"Very dark crimson. Sweet and cassis elixir. Not quite as fresh as Puygueraud but very good. GV. 16.5 Points." (Jancis Robinson, JR Purple Pages, April 2017)