Deep ruby/garnet, with notes of roasted espresso, white chocolate, black cherries and currants, this wine is medium to full-bodied, reasonably opulent, not terribly complex, but youthful and primary. Give it another 3-4 years and drink it over the following 10-15.
The 2005 Petit Village is a superficial, straightforward, fruit-driven effort displaying notes of roasted herbs, espresso, cherries, and hints of strawberries as well as licorice. Medium-bodied with light tannin and a straightforward finish, it should be consumed over the next 10-15 years. Drink: 2008 - 2023.
This light-styled 2005 suggests Petit Village needs a wake-up call. Moderately deep plum, cherry, coffee, and herb characteristics make an appearance in this superficial, but stylish, medium-bodied, lightly tannic Pomerol. Drink it during its first 10-12 years of life. Drink 2007-2019
The finest Petit Village produced in many years, this estate no doubt enjoyed the enormous success the Pomerol appellation achieved in 2005. A deep ruby/purple color accompanies a sweet bouquet of red and black fruits, licorice, and a hint of truffles. Made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (from the oldest vines in Pomerol), it reveals beautiful texture, superb purity, a medium to full-bodied, concentrated style, silky tannin, and adequate acidity. It will offer gorgeous drinking in 2-4 years, and should keep for 15-20. Drink: 2008 - 2026.
Deep crimson with a shaded rim. Slightly pale. Very simple aromas. Simple very sweet, ripe very slightly farmyard fruit aromas. Some astringency on the finish. Honest yeoman stuff. Drink 2014-25.
Round and velvety with blackberry and licorice character. Full and round. Slightly hollow midpalate. Wait and see.
Château Petit Village is reminiscent of a thoroughbred horse. Not only does it have excellent pedigree finely bordering Vieux Château Certan, Certan de May and La Conseillante, but it has been finely groomed by skillful hands over the years - first by Bruno Prats, the dynamic former owner of Cos d'Estournel, followed by AXA Millésimes with Jean-Michel Cazes (of Lynch Bages) and then with the ever-so efficient Christian Seely who remains at the helm today.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.