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Chateau Petit Bocq 2018

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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3.7 27 Ratings
750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

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D 96
Enticing and aromatic, with black and blue fruit on the nose, while the palate is dressed with liquorice, nutmeg and a beautiful, cool graphite minerality.
JS 92
James Suckling
Lovely aromas of walnuts, bark, dark berries and currants follow though to a full body with round, juicy tannins that are rich and layered. Long, flavorful finish. Very balanced for the vintage. Try after 2024.
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Chateau Petit Bocq

Chateau Petit Bocq

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Chateau Petit Bocq, France
Petit Bocq came into existence in 1972 and owes its name to the vineyard plot located in the locality called Bocq and also to its small size of slightly less than two hectares of old Merlot vinestocks nestling in the hamlet of Marbuzet. Ther is no chateau: only a sort of small shed, or as can sometimes be heard from the St. Emilion side, "a garage wine". Excluded from the classifications at that time for these reasons, its wines nevertheless, attracted a great deal of attention.

Petit Bocq has since grown bigger and has moved. The domaine is now of reasonable size. With the 2002 vintage, it will be a vineyard slightly larger than 14 hectares, the harvest from which will fill ultramodern vats and casks currently accommodated in the "real chateau" in the famous village of Pez.

the wines of Petit Bocq have always given prefernce to the Merlot Noire. In 1993 it accounts for 95% of the final blending. With the acquisition of new plots of land, we are helping Cabernet Sauvignon to take revenge. However, the Merlot will always be the priority. It gives color, suppleness and delicacy to the wines.

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St. Estephe Wine

Bordeaux, France

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Deeply colored, concentrated, and distinctive, St. Estephe is the go-to for great, age-worthy and reliable Bordeaux reds. Separated from Pauillac merely by a stream, St. Estephe is the farthest northwest of the highest classed villages of the Haut Medoc and is therefore subject to the most intense maritime influence of the Atlantic.

St. Estephe soils are rich in gravel like all of the best sites of the Haut Medoc but here the formation of gravel over clay creates a cooler atmosphere for its vines compared to those in the villages farther downstream. This results in delayed ripening and wines with higher acidity compared to the other villages.

While they can seem a bit austere when young, St. Estephe reds prove to live very long in the cellar. Traitionally dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, many producers now add a significant proportion of Merlot to the blend, which will soften any sharp edges of the more tannic, Cabernet.

The St. Estephe village contains two second growths, Chateau Montrose and Cos d’Estournel.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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