Château Hostens-Picant Cuvée d'Exception Lucullus 2011

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Yield: 28 hl/ha
Vines are 25 years old on average

Limestone and clay soil

Hand-picked harvest precedes secondary selection.

The harvest is placed in 65hl wooden stock vats. Thermo-regulation and micro-oxygenation assure
proper punching – or 'pigeage' – is performed, guaranteeing the best possible extraction. Alcoholic
fermentation is allowed to occur directly in the wood vats, though malolactic fermentation will take
place later in barrels (half of which are new). Juices remain separated according to grape variety
and are aged over a period of 15 months.

The purple of the Lucullus 2011 is suffused with shades of immense depth.
Initial accents of mulberry, raspberry and licorice fall back to make room for notes that are
evocative of iris and tonka beans.
The fresh roundness of this wine's attack – coupled with the pleasant quality of its tannic structure –
gives a Lucullus of refined elegance, an emblem of this classic vintage.

Aging potential: More than ten years

Ideal serving temperature: 16-17°C

Place in carafe one hour before serving.

One of our favorite recipes: Veal brochettes and tagliatelle in basil cream sauce

Wine Spectator: 89/90
Silver Medal at the Concours de Bordeaux - Vins d'Aquitaine 2013