Château Petit Bocq (Cru Bourgeois Superior)

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Château Petit Bocq (Cru Bourgeois Superior)

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The Vineyard
Vineyard area: 18 ha 80 plots ensuring that the soils of  Saint-Estèphe are well-represented.

Terroirs Gravelly alluvia: 75 % Lime or regolith alluvia: 25 %

Average Age of the Vines 38 years
Stock Mostly 101-14; 3309; Riparia and, secondarily, 420 A and SO4

Plantation density 8,000 to 10,000 feet per Ha.
A little over 158,000 vine stocks need to be pruned every year.

Cultivation
Traditional Médoc pruning using the double Guyot method. Integrated control for plant protection. Manual leaf stripping and thinning. The grapes are picked by hand with double sorting on the vine and after destemming.
The plots are subject to analytic and taste-based monitoring.

Average yield
The average yield allowed for the Saint-Estèphe Appellation Communale is usually 55 hl/ha. Our average production is 50 hl/ha. Although Merlot allows fairly high yields in order to produce high quality wines, Cabernet Sauvignon requires a small harvest (40 hl/ha) in order to allow its fruits to reach maturity.

Vinification
Traditional Yeasting Cold pre-fermentation maceration (5° C) Alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Alcoholic fermentation in new oak casks has been used for 15 to 20 % of the harvest since 2007.

Since 2004 we have switched from malolactic fermentation in casks (which does not provide any long-term benefits) to a better-controlled form of fermentation in vats.

Ageing
All of the “Château Petit Bocq” wine is transferred to casks made of oak from French high timber forests. Depending on the vintage, from a third to half of the casks are replaced every year. So the wine spends a year subjected to a beneficial micro-oxygenationprocess and an exchange of aromas which is what marks out great wines.

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