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1/12/2010 - End of harvest tradition

A memorable end to the grape harvest that respects tradition: a well-deserved grill.

A memorable end to the grape harvest that respects tradition: a well-deserved grill.


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5/08/2010 - August 2010

My family was able to acquire two excellent plots of old vines in the Appellation Pauillac, in a way repeating what we started 17 years ago at Saint-Estèphe.

My family was able to acquire two excellent plots of old vines in the Appellation Pauillac, in a way repeating what we started 17 years ago at Saint-Estèphe. « Mousset » and « Artigues » are the hamlets in this new gravelly terroir predominantly planted with Merlot. (85%) Barely 45 ares of vine! Undoubtedly 1,500 bottles of Pauillac 2010 with which, with a nod to the fame of Pauillac, the Lagneaux name will at last be associated. The grapes are harvested by hand and vinified directly in new barrels. The harvest begins on 28 September. But while looking forward to savouring its results, let’s allow ourselves to be soothed by the beauty of the approaching autumn,  lightening up the banks of our river with shimmering reflections as colourful and fascinating as the wines we have just produced.

You’ll hear about the 2010…


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31/03/2010 - August 2008

We took on a farm tenancy on a tiny property called Château Bellevue well situated in the Saint-Estèphe district. The 6,000 bottles produced here are labelled under the Cabernet Sauvignon grape which dominates the composition. The first bottles will be ready for tasting in June 2010.

We took on a farm tenancy on a tiny property called Château Bellevue well situated in the Saint-Estèphe district. The 6,000 bottles produced here are labelled under the Cabernet Sauvignon grape which dominates the composition. The first bottles will be ready for tasting in June 2010.

9/09/2010 - 2010 Vintage

The harvest begins at the end of September.
The north of Saint-Estèphe suffered violent hailstorms that ruined the harvest on many plots. Additionally, the cold and humidity during the flowering of the Merlot resulted in poor pollination.

The harvest begins at the end of September.
The north of Saint-Estèphe suffered violent hailstorms that ruined the harvest on many plots. Additionally, the cold and humidity during the flowering of the Merlot resulted in poor pollination.


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So, not much by way of Merlot, but very good quality Cabernet. Dried and preserved grapes  display an exceptional maturity.


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This vintage is one of the driest I have known. It is often a guarantee of success for Saint-Estèphe, whose clay soil provides a constant supply of moisture. Seriously, it looks as if this will be a great vintage!

31/03/2010 - 20 March 2010

The beginning of the 2009 vintage “en primeur” presentation season.

The beginning of the 2009 vintage “en primeur” presentation season.

31/03/2010 - 1st March 2010

Tasting observations (C. Coupez, œnologist at the Pauillac Laboratory.)

Tasting observations (C. Coupez, œnologist at the Pauillac Laboratory.)

• Château Bellevue 2008

The Château Bellevue 2008 is well suited to its name, in view of the iridescence of the purplish-pink radiance from its cloak of crimson.

There is a hint of the South in its aromas, gleaned from vanilla-flavoured notes sprinkled on a combination of cocoa and cherries in alcohol in a bouquet of wild laurel.

The taste is thirst-quenching and fresh, supported by an assertively astringent robustness. Pepper and nutmeg extend the sunny character of this delightful Saint-Estèphe before leaving the chocolate to bring up the rear at a leisurely stroll.

• Château Petit Bocq 2008

Like the river of the same name, this Saint-Estèphe has a dark colour, but one which swirls in shades of deep red with purplish-blue reflections.

Its aromas flourish on exposure to the air in a bouquet that remains surprising for this vintage.

The year 2008 therefore combines eastern overtones of mild spices with the freshness of tagada strawberry.

However, its stéphanoise influence dominates through traces of dried and smoked meats, combinations of its plantings and growth under wood.

The palate is predominantly fresh and powerful, with rich and structured tannins flowing across our taste buds. This is how the uniqueness of Petit Bocq is conveyed, through its captivating and floral fragrances so unusual for a great red wine.

These long-lasting aromas stay with us to the last sip, evolving into delicate and woody hints of vanilla butter, evidence of its long working in barrels.

This exceptional nectar, still spirited in its youth, has some beautiful years ahead of it to delight the palates of true connoisseurs of sophisticated sensations.

• Château Petit Bocq 2009

The 2009 version of the Château Petit Bocq is so dark with its deep purplish-blue reflections that it is impossible to see the bottom of your glass.

Already well marked out by its refinement under luxurious wood, its aroma carries appetising suggestions of grilled and smoked notes.

After aeration, it evolves towards a fresher range and expresses a nice selection of red and black fruits.

The power of the tannins is surprising as soon as it hits the palate. They give the same delicious sensation as dark chocolate melting on the tongue.

This gourmet picture is completed by the presence at the table of some delicately spiced touches just to perk up the bouquet.

The pleasantly granular feel of the tannins stays on the tastebuds for a considerable time.

A seductive bouquet of coffee ice cream complements them until the moment arrives for the next sip.

5/10/2010 - 2007 Vintage

The Château Petit Bocq 2007 has been awarded one of the greatest honours of the Hachette Guide 2011. ‘Coup de Cœur’ with three stars, for a year regarded as difficult.

Many other awards were received, and the 2009 vintage was highly valued by journalists.

The Château Petit Bocq 2007 has been awarded one of the greatest honours of the Hachette Guide 2011. ‘Coup de Cœur’ with three stars, for a year regarded as difficult.

Many other awards were received, and the 2009 vintage was highly valued by journalists.

The Hachette Wine Guide 2011

Château Petit-Bocq, Saint-Estèphe, 2007

*** 3 stars – “Coup de cœur”

“For as long as we’ve been watching this vineyard improve in quality and acquire stars in the Guide, we have known that this had to happen: a Coup de cœur! It must be said that Gaëtan Lagneaux, a medical doctor, treats this vineyard he acquired in 1993 with passion. A vineyard divided into nearly eighty separate plots, custom-cultivated and -vinified, then finally assembled to produce a single vintage, the ‘grand vin’. The intensity of the dark purple colour heralds an exceptional bottle. Enveloped in a subtle grilled woodiness, the bouquet shifts from one nuance to another: blackcurrant, clove, mild spices. Explosive, the palate displays a velvety, plump body with a lot of fruit and tight, noble tannins. « Gourmand and delightful » are not the usual qualifying terms for the appellation, but a vintage such as the 2007 requires that not too much is extracted. Nevertheless, to be laid down for four or five years. »

The Dussert-Gerber Wine Guide 2011

Château Petit-Bocq, Saint-Estèphe

« A vineyard consisting of 15.52 ha, on 90% gravelly and  clay-gravelly land, with the rest of the soil being sandy (average age of the vineyard more than 30 years, 55% Merlot, 43% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet franc). A very good Saint Estèphe 2008, with a deep dark colour and a powerful aroma of red fruits, spices and smooth tannins; a generous wine. The 2007, plump and smooth in its aroma, with a full-bodied palate, a deep colour, a flavour that combines openness and intensity, a very good structure and, finally, hints of cooked fruits and spices. Taste the Saint-Estèphe Château Bellevue 2008, fragrant, with a pleasant, subtle bouquet dominated by ripe fruits and spices, a wine with a powerful palate that requires a little patience. »

Tast Pro

15,5/20 – Château Petit Bocq, Saint-Estèphe, red 2009

« Another intelligent vinification, very fine tannins, almost languorous. The wine is honest and precise, a good bottle in prospect. »

Le Point, supplement

Petit Bocq – 05.56.59.35.69

15/20 – « Blackcurrant, blueberry, black fruits Cassis, a soft palate, smoky, smooth, generous, quite powerful in a rather demonstrative style, but good balance. » €16. O = 2014  G = 10 years

La Revue du Vin de France (Review of French Wine) June 2009

Saint-Estèphe (25 wines tasted)

GREAT SUCCESSES

Château Petit Bocq

“A very honest and straightforward wine, with a lovely definition. Very long.” – N.C.

Decanter (Stephen Spurrier)

16/20 – Recommendations > Bordeaux 2009 > Saint-Estèphe

Château Petit Bocq, Cru Bourgeois, Saint-Estephe 2009 – *****

« Good blackcurrant Cabernet nose, oak evident, ripe fruit, quite tight now but will open up well. Drink 2013-18. »

Wine Spectator (James Suckling)

85-88/100 – Château Petit Bocq St.-Estèphe 2009 Score

« Berry and fresh herbs on the nose. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Straightforward. » —J.S.

Wine Journal (Neal Martin)

91-93/100 – 2009 Château Petit Bocq

« Tasted at Vintex. This has an exotic, yet well defined nose with black cherries, apricot, damson and a touch of cassis. Quite pretty, although it does not reek of Saint Estephe. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, good acidity, lovely balance and a great deal of finesse and focus towards the lithe, sophisticated finish. This is a great Saint Estephe, succinctly made. Tasted March 2010. »

Newsbordeaux.com (Jane Anson)

93/100Petit-Bocq

« Beautiful velvety red. This all look absolutely gorgeous and so far no overt the top alcohol, even if they are big wines. Very good indeed, blueberry and redcurrant, a good lift on the finish. Plenty of tannins but nothing harsh. Good (although we all know now that this has come out at an 18% price rise on last year!). 65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, unsual for Saint Estephe. »

Jancis Robinson.com

16/20 – Chateau Petit Bocq 2009, St-Estèphe. Drink 2016-2025

« Dark purple. Very determinedly modern it seems to me. Tastes purple and rather sweet. Glamorous but I could have done with just a tad more freshness. Perhaps I am being a Grumpy Old Woman? Slightly drying finish. »

31/03/2010 - La Revue des Vins de France (the review of French wines) Tasting for Crus Bourgeois 2006 and 2007 (The RVF no. 539 – March 2010)

15/20  • Château Petit Bocq 2006 It is stronger today in a closing phase. Its tannins dominate, making the ensemble a little less sweet. It should be mature after three to five years in the bottle. 15/20  • Château Petit Bocq 2007 Elegant and classical, Petit Bocq 2007 is distinguishable by its fresh taste and [...]

15/20  • Château Petit Bocq 2006

It is stronger today in a closing phase. Its tannins dominate, making the ensemble a little less sweet. It should be mature after three to five years in the bottle.

15/20  • Château Petit Bocq 2007

Elegant and classical, Petit Bocq 2007 is distinguishable by its fresh taste and longevity.