‘Château Petit-Bocq - pick of the bunch’ – Neal Martin
'Tis the season to be tasting the recently bottled 2012 Clarets. We were pleasantly surprised when we sampled from barrel. The Cru Classé tasting at the Royal Opera House confirmed that there are some lovely wines that will give much drinking pleasure. The Cru Bourgeois tasting has also provided some pleasant surprises, including one stand out performer for The Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin.
2012 Petit Bocq
‘The 2012 Petit Bocq has a very seductive, very pure bouquet that builds on the promise it showed from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannins, plenty of deep, tarry fruit and a long, lightly spiced finish that is harmonious and persistent. One of the best Cru Bourgeois? Most certainly. Chapeau! Drink 2016-2026. 91/100’. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com
Petit Bocq is a St Estephe estate that we have followed for many years. Dr Gaëtan Lagneaux invested heavily, transforming the vineyard bias from Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon. He firmly believed that this was the right direction for his wine and there is little doubt that under his stewardship the wines have developed greater stature and presence. We were saddened to learn of his death a few years ago, just as it would seem the estate was enjoying the fruits of his labour.
If you want something for immediate enjoyment, or while you wait for the 2012 to hit its straps, we still have stock of the exceptional 2009 Petit Bocq and outstanding 2010 Petit Bocq. This brace from arguably two of the finest growing seasons ever recorded in Bordeaux epitomise this estate’s core characteristics: depth, concentration, and that tell-tale St Estephe minerality.