Red, For laying down

2015 Ch. Petit Village, Pomerol

2015 Ch. Petit Village, Pomerol

Red | For laying down | Chateau Petit-Village | Code:  38004 | 2015 | France > Bordeaux > Pomerol | Merlot/Cabernet Franc | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

BBR

16.5/20

WA

90-92/100

DECANTER

92/100

SUCKLING

95-96/100

JANCIS

17/20

WA - The 2015 Petit Village is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the first wine to be made by Diana Garcia-Berrouet (the daughter-in-law of Jean-Claude for those that recognize the appended name). It has a straightforward black cherry and iodine-scented bouquet that needs to muster a little more complexity given the terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perhaps more filigree than previous vintages. Given the precocity on the Right Bank, I would have liked more depth on the finish, though it is well balanced with ample freshness on the finish. It is a Pomerol estate that just needs to find its "groove."
Neal Martin - erobertparker.com # 224 - April 2016

DECANTER - A new winemaker and added refinement this year. Fragrant and floral with rounded tannins enrobed by ripe, zesty fruit. Has length and harmony; very complete.
Drink: 2023-2037
James Lawther MW - decanter.com - April 2016

SUCKLING - Shows wonderful balance and finesse with salt, mineral and dark fruit. Hints of walnut too. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a bright finish. Wow. Best ever.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com - Apr 2016

JANCIS - Sweet fruit-cake nose after dark crimson. Lively with sinews. But not that much charm. Quite dry. But much richer and more complete than previous vintages.
Drink 2024-2038
Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - Apr 2016

The Producer

Chateau Petit-Village

Chateau Petit-Village

Château Petit-Village produces classic lush Pomerol wines that sell for a fraction of the prices that are commanded by some of its more fashionable neighbours. Since 1989 it has been owned by AXA and is run by Jean-Michel Cazes and oenologist Daniel Llose. AXA also owns Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Château Cantenac Brown and Château Suduiraut.

Petit-Village's 11-hectare vineyard is located on soils rich in gravel with a limestone and clay subsoil. It is bordered by Vieux Château Certan to the north and La Conseillante to the east. The vineyard was effectively destroyed by the 1956 frosts and had to be totally replanted.

Petit-Village's wine is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled concrete vats and the wine is matured for 14-18 months in 100% new oak casks.

The Grape

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

The Region

Pomerol

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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