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Chateau Hostens Picant History, Overview
The modern era for Chateau Hostens Picant starts in 1986 when Yves Hostens Picant and Nadine Hostens Picant purchased the estate. They renamed the property and the hard work began for the couple.
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 winemaking facilities were in serious need of renovation.
The estate had fallen into a dilapidated state. In 1986, only 19 of the estate’s 42 hectares were even planted! They desperately needed to increase the vine density as well.
As you can easily guess, it was quite an expensive and time-consuming process to cultivate the remaining 23 hectares with vines. The next major decision for the new owners was to bring in the team of Stephane Derenoncourt to consult on their vineyards and with their work in the cellars. This took place in 2004.
Chateau Hostens Picant Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 39-hectare vineyard of Chateau Hostens Picant is planted for both red and wine grapes. 30 hectares of vines are planted to 66% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon for the red wine grapes.
The vines are located in the little-known, Sainte Foy appellation, which is about 45 minutes to an hour from St. Emilion. Their relatively close proximity to the Right Bank explains why their terroir is quite similar to what you can find in many Right Bank vineyards.
Hostens Picant produces both red and white Bordeaux wine. 32 hectares of vines are devoted to red wine grapes, and the remaining 10 hectares are dedicated to the production of white Bordeaux wine. The terroir is gravel, clay, and limestone soils.
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 tanks. On average, the wine is aged in 33% new, French oak for about 18 months.
Chateau Hostens Picant also produces a special cuvee’, 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 fermented in a combination of stainless steel vats and oak tanks.
Malolactic fermentation for Hostens Picant Cuvee d’Exception Lucullus takes place in barrel. Chateau Hostens Picant Cuvee d’Exception Lucullus receives much more work with their aging as the wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 18 months.
The estate also produces 2 white Bordeaux wines, Hostens Picant Blanc and Hostens Picant Cuvee des Demoiselles. To produce the white wine of 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 has limited skin contact. The wine is completely vinified in used and new, French oak barrels. There is no malolactic fermentation. The white wine is aged on its lees with stirring for about 10 months before bottling.
The total production for all 4 wines from Hostens Picant is about 16,500 cases per year.
The best vintages of Chateau Hostens Picant are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
Chateau Hostens Picant is better with at least 1-3 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Hostens Picant offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-8 years of age after the vintage.
Serving 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.
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.
Château Hostens-Picant Wine Tasting Notes
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|2020||Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée des Demoiselles (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
Juicy, sweet and fresh with a distinctive aromatic character of white peach, spice, pear, lemon oil and green apples. There is a refreshing pop of green apples on the palate with sweetness and lift. This will be best in its refreshing youth. 90 Pts
863 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
Spicy, smoky, meaty, herbal and oaky, the fruit is round, soft and polished. Savory in character, with soft, ripe, round tannins and a spicy, earthy character to the plummy finish. Give this a few years of age before you pull a cork, and this could be an even better wine. 89-91 Pts
888 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||Château Hostens-Picant (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
Dominated by espresso, mocha, smoke, herbs and red fruits, the wine is forward, open, soft, bright, salty and already easy to drink. 85-87 Pts
860 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
The star of the Sainte Foy appellation offers espresso bean roasted plums, black cherries and licorice on the nose. Ruby in color, the wine is soft, polished, juicy and loaded with sweet, ripe, fresh red fruits, herbs and spices. Drink it young, or age it a few years before opening a bottle. 89-91 Pts
2,068 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2020
|2019||Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée des Demoiselles (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
White peach and green apples pop with freshness and a sweet, yellow citrus peel finish. This will be best in its refreshing youth. 88 Pts
2,090 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2020
|2019||Château Hostens-Picant (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
Spicy, earthy, smoky red fruits and underbrush are on the nose. Medium-bodied, earthy, round and fruity on the palate, the finish combines red berries and green olives with herbs on the rustic backend. 85-87-Pts
2,041 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2020
|2018||Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
The undisputed star of the Sainte Foy appellation shows a deep color. Fresh, vibrant, dark red berries, espresso, licorice, cocoa, spice and dark chocolate are found on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied with a rich, round palate feel, the wine can be enjoyed early, though a few years will add more complexity here. 91 Points
532 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Lusciously textured, black fruits, soft tannins, licorice, espresso bean and plums come together in a forward styled, already delicious wine. Drink it young, or age it a few years before opening a bottle. 90-92 Pts
1,188 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée des Demoiselles (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
White peach, pomelo, lemon curd and a touch of vanilla on the nose and the palate, which is also where you find sweet green apples with lemon peel in the fresh finish. This will be best in its refreshing youth. 89 Points
524 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
|2018||Château Hostens-Picant (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
Medium-bodied, herbs, bright red fruits and an easy going, earthy, red pit fruit finish with a touch of bitter chocolate and espresso on the back end. 87 Points
497 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium-bodied, bright red fruits, with herbs, tobacco and underbrush and red plums. 85-87 Pts
1,042 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2016||Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
Dark in color, the star of the little-known Saint Foy appellation is round, lush and loaded with deep black fruits and cocoa. The wine is fleshy and fruity. 91 Points
1,589 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Round textures, sweet, lush, red fruits and a juicy mid palate are made even better with a sweet, spicy, plummy finish. 91 Points
1,118 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée des Demoiselles (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
For early drinking pleasure the wine serves up light notes of yellow citrus fruit with floral accents. 90 Points
947 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
|2016||Château Hostens-Picant (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
Earthy black cherry and roasted coffee beans kick things off nicely before moving on to the soft, sweet, forward, blast of juicy cherries and dark chocolate on the palate and in the finish. 90 Points
2,240 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Licorice, smoke and black raspberry scents open to a soft, sweet, supple, forward, open wine, which will offer its charms on release. 88 Points
1,571 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|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. 91 Points
1,183 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|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. 87 Points
1,377 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|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
1,495 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2014||Château Hostens-Picant (Sainte Foy Bordeaux)|
Ripe, round, sweet plums, and juicy raspberries, with a sweet, soft, black cherry finish. 86-88 Pts
1,536 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|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
1,506 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|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
1,646 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|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
1,468 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|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. 90 Points
2,052 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2013
|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. 85 Points
2,164 Views Tasted Jul 21, 2013
|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. 89 Points
2,808 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2011
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
3,107 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010
|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. 85 Points
2,023 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2011
2009 Hostens Picant is a medium bodied, soft textured wine with berries and hints of cocoa in the finish. 84-86 Pts
2,188 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010