Chateau Hostens Picant Sainte Foy Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Hostens Picant Chateau Hostens Picant Sainte Foy Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Everything about Chateau Hostens Picant, Sainte Foy Bordeaux Wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, ratings, a history of the property, wine and food pairings, best vintages, information on wine making and terroir. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

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 estates 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 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. Which 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 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 their 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. 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 18,500 cases per year.

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.

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Château Hostens-Picant Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. Round textures, sweet, lush, red fruits and a juicy mid palate are made even better with a sweet, spicy, plummy finish.

      91 points - Tasted
      457 Views
  2. 2016 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. Licorice, smoke and black raspberry scents open to a soft, sweet, supple, forward, open wine, which will offer its charms on release.

      88 points - Tasted
      792 Views
  3. 2015 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. Supple, round, dark red fruits, with a character driven, polished, ripe, rich, lush fruity finish.

      91 points - Tasted
      733 Views
  4. 2015 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. Round, soft and open, the wine is medium bodied, with juicy plums, raspberries and an easy to like cherry finish.

      87 points - Tasted
      834 Views
  5. 2014 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. Rich, supple, sweet, dark red fruits, with a round, character driven, polished finish. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
      1114 Views
  6. 2014 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. Ripe, round, sweet plums, and juicy raspberries, with a sweet, soft, black cherry finish. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
      1178 Views
  7. 2013 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. 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

      84 points - Tasted
      1198 Views
  8. 2012 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. 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

      88 points - Tasted
      1259 Views
  9. 2012 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. Light and dominated by red berries, this medium-bodied wine ends with a red fruit finish. 83-85 Pts

      84 points - Tasted
      1184 Views
  10. 2010 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. 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 - Tasted
      1492 Views
  11. 2010 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. A simple, straight forward, generic Bordeaux wine in an easy to like style. I'd drink this over the next few years.

      85 points - Tasted
      1471 Views
  12. 2009 Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'exception Lucullus ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. 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 - Tasted
      2312 Views
    2. 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

      89 points - Tasted
      2591 Views
  13. 2009 Château Hostens-Picant ( Sainte Foy Bordeaux)

    1. 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 - Tasted
      1573 Views
    2. 2009 Hostens Picant is a medium bodied, soft textured wine with berries and hints of cocoa in the finish. 84-86 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
      1734 Views