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Chateau Hostens Picant History, Overview
The modern era for Chateau Hostens Picant starts in 1986, when Yves and Nadine Hostens Picant purchased the estate. Prior to their purchase, the harvest was sold to negociants. It took 4 years before they produced the first vintage of Chateau Hostens Picant. This was necessary because at the time of the purchase, the vineyard and wine making facilities were in serious need of renovation. The estate had fallen into a dilapidated state. In 1986, only 19 of the estates 42 hectares were even planted! The next major decision was to bring in the team of Stephane Derenoncourt to consult. This took place in 2004.
Chateau Hostens Picant Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 42 hectare vineyard of Chateau Hostens Picant is located in the little known, Sainte Foy appellation, which is about 45 minutes to an hour from St. Emilion. The estate produces both red and white Bordeaux wine. 32 hectares are devoted to red wine grapes, and the remaining 10 hectares are dedicated to the production of Bordeaux Blanc. The terroir is gravel, clay and limestone soils. For the red wine, the vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. For the white Bordeaux wine, the vineyard is planted to 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. This represented a major change in the vineyard because prior to their purchase of the estate, the vineyard was only planted to 3,200 vines per hectare.
To produce the red wine of Chateau Hostens Picant, the wine is vinified in a combination of 21, stainless steel and wood vats that vary in size from 65 hectoliters up to 250 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation for Hostens Picant takes place in tank, while the malolactic fermentation for Hostens Picant Cuvee d’Exception Lucullus takes place in barrel. On average, the wine is aged in 33% new, French oak for about 18 months. To produce the white wine Hostens Picant, the wine is vinified and aged in a combination of new and used, French oak barrels.
The white Bordeaux wine of Hostens Picant is has limited skin contact. The wine is completely vinified in used and new, French oak barrels. The wine is aged on its lees with stirring for about 10 months before bottling.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Hostens Picant with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Hostens Picant is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Hostens Picant is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Hostens Picant is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Chateau Hostens Picant produces 2 red wines: Chateau Hostens Picant and Chateau Hostens Picant Cuvee d’Exception Lucullus. For their high end wine, Hostens Picant Cuvee d’Exception Lucullus, the wine which made its debut in 1998, is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 18 months. The estate also produces to white Bordeaux wines, Hostens Picant Blanc and Hostens Picant Cuvee des Demoiselles.
The total production for all four wines from Hostens Picant is about 18,500 cases per year.
Château Hostens-Picant Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Round textures, sweet, lush, red fruits and a juicy mid palate are made even better with a sweet, spicy, plummy finish.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 431 Views
2016 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Licorice, smoke and black raspberry scents open to a soft, sweet, supple, forward, open wine, which will offer its charms on release.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 713 Views
2015 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Supple, round, dark red fruits, with a character driven, polished, ripe, rich, lush fruity finish.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 702 Views
2015 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Round, soft and open, the wine is medium bodied, with juicy plums, raspberries and an easy to like cherry finish.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 811 Views
2014 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Rich, supple, sweet, dark red fruits, with a round, character driven, polished finish. 87-89 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1089 Views
2014 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Ripe, round, sweet plums, and juicy raspberries, with a sweet, soft, black cherry finish. 86-88 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1159 Views
2013 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Citrus and tangy red berries in the nose, light and easy going, with an approachable, fresh, light cherry finish. From a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. 83-85 Pts
May 1, 2014points - Tasted 1169 Views
2012 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
The blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc reached 14% alcohol. The black cherry, licorice-centric wine offers soft textures and a medium-bodied cherry finish. 87-89 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1228 Views
2012 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Light and dominated by red berries, this medium-bodied wine ends with a red fruit finish. 83-85 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1172 Views
2010 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Forward, this modern styled, plump, round wine delivers lot of sweet, ripe black cherries, chocolate, smoke, fennel, coffee bean and blackberries. The wine is already drinking well.
Aug 1, 2013points - Tasted 1424 Views
2010 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
A simple, straight forward, generic Bordeaux wine in an easy to like style. I'd drink this over the next few years.
Jul 21, 2013points - Tasted 1442 Views
2009 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Lucullus Cuvee d’Exception is the top wine from Hostens Picant. Stone, licorice and blackberry jam scents open to a medium bodied with soft, round textures that ends with a tasty plummy finish.
Jul 18, 2011points - Tasted 2270 Views
2009 Lucullus Cuvee d’Exception is the top wine from Hostens Picant. Minerals, dark fruit, blackberries, and pepper combined with soft, round textures are the signature of this wine. 87-90 Pts
Aug 26, 2010points - Tasted 2549 Views
2009 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)
Forest floor, spice strawberry and pepper on the nose, medium bodied with some green notes amongst the black raspberry flavors are found in the slightly drying finish.
Jul 18, 2011points - Tasted 1529 Views
2009 Hostens Picant is a medium bodied, soft textured wine with berries and hints of cocoa in the finish. 84-86 Pts
Aug 26, 2010points - Tasted 1691 Views