- Château Petit Village
- Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
- 2027 - 2046
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, May 2021,
Having been acquired by the Moulin family, the 2020 Petit Village has undergone a makeover with a spanking new label and wax seal. As for the wine itself, the nose is fragrant and pure, featuring dark cherries, boysenberry, hints of marmalade and light estuarine scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a structured opening. This feels quite firm and contains that charcoal trait that I remarked upon apropos of the 2018. Fresh and full of tension, the Cabernet component drives the finish, traces of dark chocolate lingering on the aftertaste. I think the tannins here just need a little more refinement, and maybe that will come during élevage. This shows an improvement over underperforming recent vintages, but give it another 3–4 years to see what this Pomerol is really capable of. Drink 2027 - 2045
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Petit-Village is a gorgeous wine. In fact, it is one of the best wines I have tasted here. Inky, aromatically expressive and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2020 is compelling right out of the gate. The 2020 boasts superb energy, tension and class. Could this be a turning point for the estate? We will see. For now, the 2020 is certainly compelling. The 2020 represents about 50% of the estate's production as opposed to two-thirds, which was more the norm when Petit-Village was part of AXA. Drink 2028 - 2040
Goedhuis, May 2021,
60% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon Arriving at Petit Village, you feel as if you are arriving at the golden mile of Pomerol and this 2020 is a flagship wine for the appellation. A more graceful and exuberant style than some previous vintages with its precociously rich plum fruits, lined with some spiced oaked sensations. The full ampleness of this wine is perfectly held together with the clay soil firmness and life and freshness at the end. Composed, long and top class.
James Suckling, April 2021,
Solid red with blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and spice. Lots of hazelnut, too. It’s full-bodied with chewy, polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Best of the trilogy vintages?
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Dark in color, the wine quickly focuses on its floral, plum, spice, licorice and earthy character. The wine is medium-bodied, silky and fresh with a sensuous, supple textured, sexy finish. This is the best vintage of Petit Village I have tasted in ages. The wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 32 Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the first vintage to show off its new, stylish label and wax capsule.
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
Checking in as a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Petit-Village should certainly be an outstanding wine, and then some. Brought up in 60% new French oak, with the sum of the Cabernet Franc and Merlot brought up in larger barrels, it has a terrific nose of ripe black fruit, chocolate, tobacco, and graphite. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a dense, concentrated mid-palate, it displays a rather focused, firm mouthfeel, ripe, building tannins, and a great finish.
Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
There is an unusual shape to this wine with ripe red and purple fruit (no black notes) and then a super-dry carapace to the flavour throughout the experience. It is not tannic per se, but it is very dry and drying! The fruit seems to be a little one-dimensional and the oak is not particularly evident, but the most interesting feature is the fruit tone and I would like to see this again to see in which direction it evolves.
Château Petit Village
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.