Patrick Lesec Selections

Patrick Lesec Selections is a highly esteemed negociant producer of a range of delicious wines from the southern Rhone. He is not a vigneron and does not own any vineyards.
His specialty is sourcing the best fruit for his various cuvees from a range of growers and then blending and marrying these blends into a consistent style each year. Typically the base wines remain the same, but the blending lots may change to ensure the highest quality. The top cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape – Galets Blonds and Bargeton – are single vineyard, estate-bottled wines.
Patrick’s winemaking style is very natural, handling the wines as gently as possible to preserve bright aromatics, pure fruit flavors and supple tannins. Stainless steel is the preferred elevage with some foudre and older barrels used in some of the higher cuvees. Oak is understood to be utilized for texture and complexity, not to flavor the wine. Racking and sulfiting are kept to a minimum and the wines are not fined or filtered.
These attractive, full-bodied reds have received much critical acclaim over the years (see Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate) and are great values.

Wines Produced

Cotes du Rhone Richette
Cotes du Rhone Bouquet
Costieres de Nimes Gilbelle
Beaumes de Venise Suzon
Chateauneuf du Pape Pierres Dorees
Chateauneuf du Pape Galets Blonds
Chateauneuf du Pape Bargeton

Distributors

Maine: National Distributors
New Hampshire: Vinilandia
Vermont: Vermont Wine Merchants
Massachusetts: Arborway Imports
Rhode Island: Wine Brothers
New York: Maximum Wine
New Jersey: Maximum
Pennsylvania: Maximum Wine
Virginia, Washington DC, Tennessee: William Harrison Imports
Illinois: Louis Glunz Wines
Michigan: Crush Wines
Montana: Eagle Beverage

Richette
2013 Patrick Lesec, Cotes du Rhone “Richette”
85% Grenache, 5% Carignane, 10% Syrah
Lovely fragrance of red fruits
Red currant, red raspberry, red plum
Supple tannins, smooth lush and ripe

 

 

 
Cotes du rhone2010 Patrick Lesec, Cotes du Rhone “Bouquet”
40 year old vines 55% Syrah with Grenache and Mourvedre part aged in older barrels, tanks and foudre big dark, concentrated CdR
Focus on black fruits meaty, rich concentrated

 

 

 

 
Bouquet2013 Patrick Lesec, Cotes du Rhone “Bouquet”
75% Grenache 25% Syrah from the Gar
15% aged in older barrels, 85% in stainless steel
Focus on black fruits – black currant, black raspberry, black plum pepper and spice
Chunky, meaty, rich, dense

 

 

 
Gilbelle2013 Patrick Lesec, Costieres de Nimes “Gilbelle”
60% Syrah 20% Mourvedre 20% Syrah
15% in older barrels 85% in Stainless steel
10-30 year old vines fine Villefranchien limestone soils
Bright berry fruit clean, sweet, ripe fruit
Fine texture, lush tannins

 

 
Suzon2012 Patrick Lesec, Beaumes de Venise “Suzon”
Old vines from Suzon
80% Grenache 20% Syrah ¾ whole cluster fermentation 50% used Burgundy barrels
Very aromatic deep black fruits with layers of bacon fat, cinnamon and spice intense and complex

 

 
2010 Patrick Lesec, Gigondas Cuvee Romaine
Estate bottled, over 50 year old single vineyard
65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and10% Mourvedre
Aged in older barrels to polish the tannins
Dense, concentrated black fruits, pepper and spice
Supple, round tannins eminently drinkable today but will also take some age

2010 Patrick Lesec, Chateauneuf du Pape “Pierres Dorees”
From the famous La Crau vineyard, estate bottled
65% Grenache, 25% Syrah 10% Mourvedre
Aged in older barrels, foudre and stainless steel
Great aromatics. Layers of ripe black fruit, pepper and spice smooth, supple tannins
Drinking beautifully right now, but will take age
Pierres Dorees2012 Patrick Lesec, Chateauneuf du Pape, “Pierres Dorees”
70% Grenache 10% Mourvedre 10% Syrah 10% Mixed grapes 40% from La Crau 60 year old vines
40% whole cluster fermentation
Elevage 50% in 1-4 year old barrels 50% in stainless steel Very aromatic layers of ripe, black fruit pepper and spice round, ripe tannins drinks well now and will age beautifully

 

 

 

 

2009 Patrick Lesec, Chateauneuf du Pape “Galets Blonds”
From the famous La Crau vineyard, estate bottled
Bigger, denser and more massive than the Pierres Dorees it is a similar blend, but older vines and different elevage Drinking remarkably well now, but will improve with more age
Concentrated, dense black fruit, it drinks well now and will continue to evolve for many years 95 Points, The Wine Advocate #203 Oct 2012

2010 Patrick Lesec, Chateauneuf du Pape “Bargeton”
Estate bottled wine, 60 year old vines from La Crau
Elevage in older barrels, foudre and stainless steel
80% Grenache 20% Syrah and Mourvedre
Dense purple color, full-bodied, meaty, provencal herbs, black currant, kirsch, pepper
Dense and layered