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Chateau Petit Bocq History, Overview
Chateau Petit Bocq is one of the new estates in the Medoc as it has only been around since 1971, when it was created by the Souquet family from a 2 hectare parcel of vines. The winery made its official debut with the difficult 1972 vintage.
The Souquet family, headed by Francis Souquet, who was also working as the cellar master at Ducru Beaucaillou at the time, eventually sold the property to its current owner, Dr. Gaetan Lagneaux in 1993.
Gaetan Lagneaux continued to expand the vineyards. He also created a a new winery and cellars over the next several years. Until Petit Bocq purchased their own cellars, the wines were made at the neighboring estate of Chateau de Pez. In fact, it was the cellars of Chateau de Pez that the owner eventually purchased to vinify the wines of Chateau Petit Bocq.
Chateau Petit Bocq Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 19 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Petit Bocq is planted to 50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2%Petit Verdot. This represents a change in the vineyards, showing a reduction on Merlot, an increase in Cabernet Sauvignon and the removal of Cabernet Franc.
The terroir is a mix of gravel, clay and sand soil. On average, the vines are 38 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 8,500 to 10,000 vines per hectare. The higher levels of vine density are for the newer plantings.
To produce the wine of Chateau Petit Bocq, vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size from 25 hectoliters up to 102 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation occurs in tank. The wine is aged in an average of 40% new, French oak barrels for 12 months. On average, the production is close to 10,000 cases of Chateau Petit Bocq per vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Petit Bocq are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2009.
When to Drink Chateau Petit Bocq, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Petit Bocq can be enjoyed somewhat early. However, the wine is often better with at least a few years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.
Chateau Petit Bocq is usually best enjoyed in the first 10-18 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment
Serving Chateau Petit Bocq with the Best Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Petit Bocq is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Petit Bocq is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed and grilled dishes.
Château Petit Bocq Wine Tasting Notes
13 Vintages 30,213 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Round, fruity and polished with a soft core of dark red fruits, breakfast tea, wet earth, and ripe, spicy, black currants in the endnote. 89-91 Pts
933 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Sweet and juicy, the ripe fruits, soft, round tannins, earth tobacco and oak all work together well here. Give it a few years in the cellar and it should fill out quite nicely. 89-91 Pts
2,809 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
With a peppery accent to the red fruited nose, the wine is medium/full-bodied, round, and with a gorgeous sweetness to the red fruits, hints of herbs, tobacco leaf, cigar box and cedar in the finish. Give it 3-5 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 15 or more years with ease. 92 Points
769 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Deep in color, this wine is equally dark in fruit. With round textures, a medium/full-body, there is espresso, black cherry, licorice and herbs from start to finish. 90-92 Pts
1,548 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Light in color and in fruit, this early drinking, medium-bodied wine is on the bright, red fruit side. There are soft tannins along with crisp cherry and cranberry notes in the finish. 86 Points
1,874 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Dark red fruits are polished and blessed with length and voluptuous texture; this wine woos you with a finish of even deeper, earthier berries. A few years in the cellar will make this all the better -- a smart value play from St. Estephe. 90 Points
2,279 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Easy drinking in style, with fresh, sweet and tart red fruits and cocoa in the finish. 85 - 87 Pts
1,849 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2016
|2014||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Smoke, licorice, oak and dark red berries, this wine is a medium-bodied, easy-drinking charmer. 87-88 Pts
1,900 Views Tasted Apr 13, 2015
|2012||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
More interesting on the spicy, peppery, bright, red berry and tobacco leaf nose, than on the slightly rustic, fresh, red fruit palate. Perhaps a few more years will add a bit of softness to the texture here. 87 Points
1,072 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
|2010||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Le Petit Bocq Situated on gravel based soils not far from Calon Segur, this blend of 58% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the remainder Cabernet Franc is a powerful Cru Bourgeois that offers a chewy bite of black fruit, cassis and tannins. 88-90 Pts
5,719 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Fun, forward, open, easy to drink, medium bodied, licorice and black cherry filled blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. 88 Points
3,670 Views Tasted Jan 2, 2015
|2008||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Better on the earthy, smoky, spicy, red berry and tobacco nose, than on the slightly firm, rustic, cherry palate, this is fully developed and should be drunk up over the next few years. 87 Points
1,510 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2019
|2006||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Fully mature, medium-bodied and rustic in nature, the wine is more interesting on the tobacco, spice, wet earth, smoke and bright red berry nose than on the austere, earthy, cedar filled palate. 85 Points
1,277 Views Tasted Aug 13, 2020
|2005||Château Petit Bocq (St. Estèphe)|
Probably drinking at its peak now. The nose, with its truffle, tobacco, blackberry and earthy scents are a little more interesting than the medium bodied, slightly rustic, finish. 87 Points
3,004 Views Tasted Feb 23, 2015