Château Petit Bocq, St Estèphe
    Château Petit Bocq

    Château Petit Bocq, St Estèphe,



    Château Petit Bocq, St Estèphe, 2010

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Petit Bocq, St Estèphe, 2010

    Petit Bocq is something of a patchwork quilt of St Estephe. There are 94 separate plots coving 18 hectares. Over the years there has been a concerted effort to increase the amount of Cabernet in the blend. The 2010 is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, cropped at 48 hl/ha and will be aged in 40% new oak barrels. There is definitely a more masculine style here (than past vintages), but by St Estephe standards, this is pretty, feminine stuff. Beautiful nose of cut flowers, graphite, charcoal, cooked meats, crème de mûre and cedar. On the palate there is ample fresh, bramble fruit, black cherries, cassis, plums and mulberries. A plump, polished Petit Bocq that punches well above its weight. Excellent!



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    Château Petit Bocq

    Château Petit Bocq

    The Lagneaux family own eight hectares of land in St Estèphe spread over five plots, the majority of which come from a vineyard abutting Château Haut-Marbuzet. Viticulture and vinification are controlled by Dr Gaëtan Lagneaux who is ably assisted by Pascal Berteau. Unusually, even for a St Estèphe château, Merlot comprises almost 70% of the vineyard area, the rest is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. This is an invaluable statistic for the Lagneaux family as the early ripening Merlot is often harvested well before the all too frequent Médoc harvest rains. Any unhealthy or poor quality grapes are discarded, whilst the rest are vinified parcel by parcel and then spend a year in oak barrels, half of which are new. Dr Lagneaux’ wines are always well structured and full of plump berry and blackcurrant flavour. However, it is above all their purity and vivacity that make them so striking.

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